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Bruce Abramski Jr.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Callaway man was indicted Monday on three counts by a Franklin County grand jury in connection with the Nov. 12, 2009 robbery of Franklin Community Bank.

Bruce James Abramski Jr., 26, was indicted on counts of robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of robbery and entering Franklin Community Bank with the intent to commit larceny.

During Abramski's preliminary hearing last week, six witnesses testified in the case including Investigator Tim Woods with the Franklin County Sheriff's office.

Woods testified that authorities began looking at Abramski as a suspect or "person of interest" on Dec. 3, 2009 in connection with the robbery after Abramski was stopped while driving a red Volkswagen Jetta and given a summons for a traffic violation.

Woods said Abramski's build matched the description of the person who robbed the bank based on information during the investigation of the robbery. He said photos of Abramski were obtained from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

A bank teller at Franklin Community Bank, who was working on the day of the robbery, testified that a man wearing a ski mask and a jacket with stripes entered the bank carrying a handgun and a bag with stripes and handles. The teller said the robber took $3,000 from her and another $1,000 for another teller before leaving in a dark-colored SUV.

A bank teller at Carter Bank and Trust on U.S. 220 South testified that a man came into the bank a few days after the robbery of Franklin Community Bank and asked for information about opening a checking account. The teller said the man had a black bag with stripes and handles. She said the man left the bank parking lot in a red Jetta.

The teller later picked Abramski from a photo line up as the person who had come into the bank and left in a red Jetta.

A Roanoke police officer, who had worked with Abramski when he was a police officer, testified that photos taken by bank surveillance cameras showed that the robber's bag with stripes and handles looked like the same bag he and Abramski each purchased at the same time to store their police gear.

Two employees at a gun shop in Collinsville testified that Abramski came to their store on Nov. 17 and purchased $2,003.81 worth of firearms and ammunition. The employees said Abramski paid for the firearms and ammunition with $10 and $20 denominations -- the same denominations of money that was robbed from Franklin Community Bank.

A trial date for Abramski has not been set.

An indictment is not a finding of guilty, but is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exist to hold a trial.

Other indictments returned by the grand jury:

"Wendall H. Dudley II, trading as Game Day Bar & Grill, Inc., seven counts of failing or refusing to collect or truthfully account for and pay over the meals tax imposed by the Town of Rocky Mount, between Oct. 2009 and April 2010; and three counts of failing or refusing to file a tax return for the meals tax imposed by the Town of Rocky Mount, between April 2010 and May 2010.

"John Alan Arthur, three counts of failing to forward all fees and applications to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries within the 15 days of the sale, between March 1, 2010 and June 10, 2010; three counts of obtaining money under false pretense with the value in excess of $200, between Aug. 1, 2008 and Dec. 13, 2009; 10 counts of unlawfully possess a certificate of title to boat trailers, between Dec. 1, 2009 and April 21, 2010; three counts of forging a signature on an application for watercraft certificated of title and certificate of number, between May 15, 2010 and May 26, 2010; eight counts of engaging in business in Virginia as a watercraft salesman with a valid license, between Nov. 1, 2009 and May 15, 2010; 10 counts of failing to collect the sales tax on trailers and watercrafts, between June 18, 2009 and Jan. 11, 2010; four counts of making a false affidavit regarding a Manufacturers Statement of Orgin or Certificate of Titles, between between Aug. 1, 2008 and May 26, 2010.

"John Stephen Arthur, eight counts of engaging in business in Virginia as a watercraft dealer without a valid license, between Nov. 1, 2009 and June 31, 2010.

"Dario Gospar, trading as La Oaxaquewa 2, 24 counts of failing or refusing to collect or truthfully account for and pay over the meals tax imposed by the Town of Rocky Mount, between April 2008 and May 2010; and 14 counts of failing or refusing to file a tax return for the meals tax imposed by the Town of Rocky Mount, between April 2008 and May 2010.

"Jerrold Wesley Carter, make a material false statement on the consent form required to purchase a firearm, Nov. 6, 2009.

"Billy Joe Agee, two counts of unlawfully concealing goods or merchandise valued at $200 or more and belonging to a business, May 7 and May 8, 2010.

"Rosemary Stout, possess cocaine, Jan. 30, 2010.

"Larry Glenn Krantz, possess methamphetamine, May 8, 2010.

"Michael Wayne Cassell Jr., take, steal and carry away a firearm belonging to another person, June 13, 2010.

"John Franklin Henderson, obtain or withhold a credit card of a another person without their consent, April 4, 2010.

"Jeffrey Todd Meade, possess methamphetamine, April 5, 2010.

"Jessica Marie Henderson, AKA Jessica Marie McKay, with the intent to defraud, use for the purpose of obtaining goods or services having a value of $200 or more a credit card illegally obtained, between April 6, 2010 and April 7, 2010; unlawfully receiving goods and services having a value in excess of $200, between April 6 and April 7, 2010; four counts of uttering a forged sales draft, between April 6 and April 7, 2010; and obtain or withhold a credit card of other persons without their consent, Dec. 17, 2009.

"John Franklin Henderson, with the intent to defraud, obtain money or goods having a value of less than $200 by representing that he was the holder of a credit card belonging to other persons, April 4, 2010; and unlawfully receiving goods or services having a value of less than $200, April 4, 2010.

"Sandi Lynn McFarland, take, steal or carry away a credit card of another person, May 21, 2010; and two counts

of use for the purpose of obtaining money, goods or services a credit card that was retained unlawfully with said goods having a value of less than $200, May 21 and May 22, 2010.

"Sheree Nichole Jones, take steal and carry away a credit card of another person, May 21, 2010; two counts of use for the purpose of obtaining money, goods or services a credit card obtained unlawfully with said goods having a value less than $200, May 21 and May 22, 2010; two counts, unlawfully receive goods and services with said goods having a value less than $200, May 21 and May 22, 2010; and two counts of forge a sales draft with the intent to defraud, May 22, 2010.

"Shannon Elizabeth Blake, forge a check with the intent to defraud, June 14, 2010; and utter a forged check with the intent to defraud, June 14, 2010.

"Thomas Mark Hodges, distribute cocaine, April 21, 2010.

"Paul C. Thomas, manufacture marijuana not for his own personal use, July 16, 2010.

"William Anthony Truman, break and enter a dwelling house with the intent to commit larceny, July 10, 2010; and take, steal and carry away goods and chattels having a value in excess of $200, July 10, 2010.

"Brandon Wayne Hayth, take, steal and carry away goods and chattels having a value in excess of $200, July 10, 2010; and break and enter a dwelling house with the intent to commit larceny, July 10, 2010.

"Sarah E. Snively, three counts of obtaining public assistance or benefits in excess of $200 from the State Board of Social Services, between March 26, 2009 and April 12, 2010.

"John B. Kim, trading as Red Clay Restaurant, nine counts of failing or refusing to collect or truthfully account for and pay over the meals tax imposed by the Town of Rocky Mount, between May 2009 and Feb. 2010; and four counts of failing or refusing to file a tax return for the meals tax imposed by the Town of Rocky Mount, between Nov. 2009 and Feb. 2010.

"Glen Irvin Lyons III, take, steal and carry away goods and chattels having a value in excess of $200, June 16, 2010.

"Harrison Edward Lytton, take, steal and carry away goods and chattels having a value in excess of $200, June 16, 2010.

"Dale Eric Chisom Jr., take, steal and carry away goods and chattels having a value in excess of $200, June 16, 2010.

"Craig Lamont Sellers, take, steal and carry away goods and chattels having a value of less than $200, June 16, 2010.

"John David Mills, while lawfully confined in jail for a violation of his probation or parole, did escape without the use of force, June 25, 2010.

"Robert Smart, take, steal and carry away goods and chattles having a value in excess of $200 and being the property of the Franklin County Historical Society, between Oct. 1, 2009 and Nov. 30, 2009.

 
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