Washington County woman charged in bank robberies

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A Washington County woman served as the getaway driver for a serial bank robber during a string of heists in 2010, according to federal authorities.

A grand jury in Clarksburg, W.Va., said on Tuesday that Jessica L. Crawford, 32, of Marianna, helped Rudolph Haladyna pull a series of armed holdups in Pennsylvania and West Virginia from September through December 2010.

Mr. Haladyna, 36, of Clarksville, Greene County, was sentenced in August to 20 years in federal prison for robbing banks in Washington and Fayette counties and Morgantown and Weirton, W.Va.

Ms. Crawford is charged with two counts of bank robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit bank robberies. The U.S. attorney's office has moved to forfeit any property that was bought with the $31,846 the FBI said Ms. Crawford and Mr. Haladyna stole.

In the Pennsylvania heists, Mr. Haladyna hit the same bank twice on two occasions, with Ms. Crawford as his driver in three of them, according to the FBI.

The string began on Sept. 13, when Mr. Haladyna walked into Charleroi Federal Savings Bank in Bentleyville, Washington County, wearing a black mask and carrying a revolver. He also was wearing a white latex glove on his gun hand, witnesses said. He ordered everyone to the ground and made off with $5,119.

The FBI said Ms. Crawford was the getaway driver.

He next hit the PNC branch in Redstone, Fayette County, on Oct. 14 and again on Oct. 29, with Ms. Crawford driving him away both times, the FBI said.

The pair next hit a Huntington Bank in Morgantown on Nov. 23 and the United Bank in Weirton on Dec. 3, according to the grand jury.

A few days later, court records state, law enforcement watched them as they cased a credit union in Wheeling, driving in and out of the parking lot for two hours.

On Dec. 9, the pair was caught on video buying a ski mask at a Walmart in Washington. They returned to the credit union in Wheeling, agents and police said, but left after 20 minutes because a marked police car was parked in the shopping plaza.

The next day, agents and police watched the pair as they drove Mr. Haladyna's mother's car south on Interstate 79 to Morgantown and cased several banks there.

Officers pulled over the car. Inside, they said, they found a gun and a mask. They also said Mr. Haladyna had a latex glove in his pocket.

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Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510.


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