Norfolk man sentenced for Virginia Beach bank robbery

Joshua Matthew Allen (Photo provided by VBPD).

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk man who admitted he robbed a Wells Fargo Bank was sentenced Tuesday.

A Virginia Beach judge sentenced 26-year-old Joshua Allen to 30 years, with all but two years and 10 months suspended.

Allen pleaded guilty to robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony for a robbery at the Wells Fargo on Independence Boulevard on March 9.

The stipulation of the facts of this case stated Allen walked into the bank around 10 a.m. and handed a teller a note that read, “don’t panic, just empty the drawer and nobody gets hurt — no dye pack.”

Document: Wells Fargo robbery stipulation of facts

When the teller had handed $1,200 in cash to Allen, he told her, “that is enough,” and walked out of the bank. The court document states Allen hopped into a waiting taxi cab and left.

While the teller did not read the backside of Allen’s note, it read, “I have a gun and grenade in my pocket.” No one was injured.

Allen was taken into custody two days later in the America’s Best Value parking lot at 5725 Northampton Boulevard.

About ten minutes before the arrest, a police dog was surprised by a child inside the motel and bit the child, causing injuries that were not life-threatening.


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