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September 27, 2006
Newport man pleads guilty to Warren bank robberies
Thomas L. Woodward, 32, of Newport, has pleaded guilty to federal bank robbery charges, admitting that he robbed the same Bank of Newport branch in Warren on two separate occasions last fall.
Woodward entered the guilty plea on Monday before U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith in U.S. District Court, Providence, U.S. Attorney Robert Clark Corrente said.
At the plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney James H. Leavey said that the government could prove that, on Oct. 25, 2005, Woodward leapt over the teller’s counter at the Bank of Newport branch on Market Street, Warren, and demanded money. The tellers opened the cash drawers and he fled with $4,336.
On Nov. 8, Woodward entered the same branch, again leapt over the counter, demanded money, and fled with $4,778.
After an investigation by Warren Police, Newport Police, Swansea Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Woodward was arrested on Nov. 17.
Woodward is detained pending sentencing, which is scheduled for Dec. 15.
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