NEW INFO: Huntington Man Sentenced For Bank Robbery

By: Dave Benton; Tim Irr; John Griffith; Josh McComas Email
By: Dave Benton; Tim Irr; John Griffith; Josh McComas Email

UPDATE 12/13/10 @ 4 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va (WSAZ) -- A man from Huntington learned Monday he will spend more than ten years in a federal prison for robbing a Huntington bank at gun point.

Toby Duckett, 40, was sentenced to 130 months in prison and ordered to pay $16,641 in restitution during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Huntington.

In August, Duckett pleaded guilty to robbing the Peoples Bank on 20th Street back on March 2.

An investigation jointly conducted by the Huntington Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed that Duckett entered the bank wearing a green hooded jacket, sunglasses, gloves and a mask, and handed the teller a note stating, “This is a holdup. I have a gun! No Die packs. No alarms! I will shoot if any [expletive]! Put money in a bag. Hurry!! Put Note in bag. No [expletive].” After handing the note to the bank teller, Duckett stated, “I want all the money. Hurry up.” The teller complied with Duckett’s demand and handed him $1,355.00. Duckett then fled the bank.

According to his plea agreement, Duckett also admitted to robbing the same bank on March 26 and April 17. All three robberies were captured on the bank’s video camera.

Huntington Police arrested Duckett on April 22. During a search of his home, officers found clothing and the .22 caliber gun used in the robberies.



UPDATE 8/23/10 @ 5:40 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington man pleaded guilty today in Federal Court to armed bank robbery and to brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Toby M. Duckett, 40, of Huntington, West Virginia, admitted that on March 2, he robbed the Peoples Bank located on 20th Street and that he brandished a .22 caliber revolver during the bank robbery.

According to court documents, Duckett entered the bank wearing a green hooded jacket, sunglasses, gloves and a mask. Duckett then handed the teller a note stating, “This is a holdup. I have a gun! No Die packs. No alarms! I will shoot if any expletive! Put money in a bag. Hurry!! Put Note in bag. No expletive.” After handing the note to the bank teller, Duckett stated, “I want all the money. Hurry up.” The teller complied with Duckett’s demand and handed him $1,355.00. Duckett then fled the bank.

Duckett further admitted to previously robbing the same bank on March 26 and April 17. All three robberies were captured on the bank’s video camera.

On April 22, officers with the Huntington Police Department executed a search warrant at Duckett’s residence and seized clothing worn during the robberies and the firearm brandished during the robberies.

Duckett, who is scheduled to be sentenced on November 22, before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers, faces up to life in prison and a $500,000 fine.

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UPDATE 5/26/10 @ 11:10 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man who police say robbed a Huntington bank on three different occasions earlier this year, has been indicted by a federal court grand jury.

Toby Duckett was indicted on three counts of bank robbery and three counts of using a .22 caliber handgun to commit those robberies.

The robberies happened at the Peoples Bank on 20th Street on March 2, March 26, and April 17.

According to the indictment, Duckett stole $1,355 in the first robbery, $10,600 in the second, and $4,846 in the third robbery

Huntington Police arrested Duckett at his home on April 22. He lived just steps from the bank.

Duckett is scheduled to be arraigned on the federal charges next month in Charleston.

The indictments were handed down Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.



UPDATE 4/28/10 @ 12:15 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man who police say robbed a Huntington bank three times now faces a federal charge for one of the robberies.

On Monday, the FBI charged Toby Duckett with the April 17th robbery of Peoples Bank in Huntington.

According to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Huntington, Duckett walked into the bank carrying a firearm and black bag.

He walked up to the middle teller and said, "Give me all the money and the bank notes." The complaint says Duckett then went to another teller and said, "Give me all your money."

Prosecutors say Duckett then fled the bank with approximately $4,846.

The federal criminal complaint says that during a search of Duckett's residence, Huntington Police found the clothing worn during the April 17th robbery, along with a black bag and firearm.

Federal authorities have not charged Duckett with the two earlier bank robberies.



UPDATE 4/23/10 @ 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- While police say the recent armed robberies at the Peoples Bank along 20th Street were bold crimes, they believe they have their man.

Tina Cutler lives across the street from Toby Duckett, the man police say robbed the bank branch three times. Police arrested Duckett Thursday night and charged him with three counts of armed robbery.

"As the investigation developed, things pointed in that direction," Huntington Police Capt. Rick Eplin said. "Nobody had seen a person fleeing, so we concentrated in that neighborhood. We're fortunate that's how it shook out."

Duckett lived just across an alley and through a backyard from the bank that was robbed.

"Their investigation allowed them to establish probable cause for a certain warrant where they found him," Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook said.

Once inside the 11th Avenue home, detectives found clothing, a firearm and other pieces of evidence.

"I couldn't believe it," neighbor Doretha Johnson said. "That man is so mild mannered and nice to everybody. I never would've thought that."

Cutler said, "I'm glad they caught him, since it was a neighbor and he always had his kids out there. I just can't believe someone would do that not once, twice -- but three times. That's crazy."

There's no word yet if Duckett will face federal charges. He is being held in the Western Regional Jail.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/23/10 @ 3:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police have arrested Toby Duckett, charging him with three counts of armed robbery.

Officers believe Duckett robbed the 20th Street branch of People's Bank three times since early March.

Police say they searched Duckett's home and found evidence that connects him to all three of the robberies.

The Huntington Police Department will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Friday to update the case.


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