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Former Teller Accused In Westchester Armed Bank Robbery

The Wells Fargo Bank where the robbery took place.
The Wells Fargo Bank where the robbery took place. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. --  A Westchester bank teller was charged Wednesday with participating in a 2013 armed robbery of a Wells Fargo bank in Yonkers, according to Joon H. Kim, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Virginia Blanco, 28, of Yonkers, provided "critical" information about the bank on Odell Avenue to Giovanni Marte before he and three others robbed the bank on Oct. 29, 2013, Kim said.

"As alleged, while working as a teller, Virginia Blanco secretly conspired to rob the bank. While not present for the actual robbery, Blanco allegedly played a key role, providing her co-conspirators with inside information to assist them," Kim said.

During the robbery, Marte and three others arrived at the Wells Fargo Branch. One remained in the car while Marte and two co-conspirators entered the bank. Marte and another robber each brandished a firearm and the third robber brandished a wood saw. During the robbery, Marte fired two shots but did not hit anyone. He accessed the vault, filled a bag with approximately $303,500 in cash, and fled the bank with the other robbers, the indictment said.

Kim praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI’s Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force, which comprises agents and detectives of the FBI, United States Probation, the City of Yonkers Police Department, the City of Peekskill Police Department, the City of Mount Vernon Police Department, the New York City Police Department, the Westchester County Police, and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Blanco was charged with conspiring to rob the bank, aiding and abetting the robbery and aiding and abetting the carrying and discharging a firearm in a violent crime. She faces five to 20 years in prison.

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