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Former Teller Convicted Of Participating In Violent Westchester Bank Robbery

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

A former bank teller in Westchester is facing decades in prison for her participation in an armed robbery that netted more than $300,000 - and a vacation to Aruba.

Virginia Blanco was found guilty on Tuesday on every count for her with participating in the robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Yonkers in October 2013 that included multiple rounds being fired during the exchange.

Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, called the robbery “an inside job.”

In October 2013, while Blanco was working as a teller at the Odell Avenue Wells Fargo bank branch, she conspired with Giovanny Marte to rob the bank and “provided critical information that allowed his and co-conspirators to carry out the robbery successful," Berman said.

Shortly after 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 29 that year, Marte and three others went to the bank, with one staying in the car as a driver as the other two went inside the branch. Marte and another man went inside with guns, while a third brandished a wooden saw. During the robbery, Marte fired two shots, but no one was struck.

Berman said that Marte then went into the bank vault, filled a laundry bag with more than $300,000 in cash and fled. Following the robbery, Blanco and Marte went on a vacation to Aruba, using the stolen money.

Blanco was found guilty of conspiracy, bank robbery, and a firearm offense and faces up to 35 years in prison for her role in the scheme. She has been remanded to jail following her conviction and is due to be sentenced on Oct. 19.

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