UPDATE: Kanawha County Bank Robber Sentenced to Prison

By: Jennifer Rizzi, Anna Baxter, Jeremy Edwards, Kristen Schneider Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi, Anna Baxter, Jeremy Edwards, Kristen Schneider Email

UPDATE 6/12/13 @ 11:30 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bank robber is headed to prison.

Jennifer Garretson was sentenced to five to 18 years in prison Wednesday.

She admitted to robbing the City National Bank in Glasgow in October 2012.

Garretson has been in jail since the robbery.

She will be given credit for time served.



UPDATE 5/29/13 @ 12:01 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bank robber will have to wait to learn her fate.

Jennifer Garretson was supposed to be sentenced Wednesday, but her hearing was delayed because her lawyer received some paperwork late.

Garretson admitted to robbing the City National Bank in Glasgow back in October.

Garretson told police she robbed the bank to support her drug habit.

Before the hearing was delayed, the teller Garretson robbed spoke out in court.

Sentencing for Garretson has been rescheduled for June 12.

Garretson faces five to 18 years in prison when she is sentenced.

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UPDATE 4/8/13 @ 10:15 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman from Kanawha County has admitted to robbing a bank in Glasgow.

Jennifer Lee Garretson, 37, of Belle, pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery Monday morning.

Garretson robbed the City National Bank in Glasgow in October 2012.

At the time of her arrest, police say Garretson told them the crime was fueled by an Oxycontin addiction.

Garretson will be sentenced on May 29. She faces five to 18 years in prison.

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UPDATE 2/14/13 @ 1:15 p.m
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman from Kanawha County has been indicted in connection with a bank robbery in Glasgow.

Jennifer Lee Garretson, 37, of Belle, is charged with robbing the City National Bank in Glasgow last year.

At the time of her arrest, police say Garretson told them the crime was fueled by an Oxycontin addiction.

On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Garretson on a bank robbery charge.

Garretson will be arraigned on the charge February 25 at 1:30 p.m.

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UPDATE 10/13/12 @11:52 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- State Police say drugs were the motivation behind a Kanawha County bank robbery Friday afternoon.

Jennifer Lee Garretson, 37, of Belle, is charged with robbing the City National Bank in Glasgow Friday afternoon. Police say she told them the crime was fueled by an Oxycontin addiction.

Her husband, 47-year-old Gary Garretson, is charged as an accessory to the crime. Police say he drove Jennifer away in a white SUV after the robbery.

Police say they identified her after a community member spotted a suspicious white SUV near the Horsemill Hollow Road area Friday. They say they spotted a woman getting out of the SUV and leaving clothes in the woods.

According to the criminal complaint, police found stolen cash from the bank in a clothing box placed in Jennifer's home. They say she was staying in Shrewsbury with Gary and his mother.

She was charged with first degree robbery and is being held on $100,000 cash only bond.

UPDATE 10/12/12 @10:40 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bank robbery in Glasgow Friday afternoon shook members of the community and put a nearby school on lockdown.

West Virginia State Police say a woman walked into the City National Bank about 2 p.m. and demanded money from tellers. They say she slipped them a note stating she was armed, although she did not show a weapon.

Cedar Grove Community School was put on lockdown for about an hour after the incident as police searched for the suspect.

"I was real nervous," 5th-grader Hunter Burke said. "It's a bank robbery ... we don't know what's going to happen."

His mother, April Burke, works nearby and said she was glad safety precautions were taken in the school.

"We don't know where (the suspect) went," she said. "She could have been around the building somewhere."

Students say the lockdown disrupted their bus schedules. Burke says she plans to make some changes while working in her business.

"I think from now on I may keep my door shut and install some security cameras," she said.

Police say the suspect got away in a white SUV that may be a Chevy Traiblazer, but that's not for certain. They say she got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

If you recognize her from the surveillance video, you're asked to give police a call.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/12/12
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Investigators are on the scene of a bank robbery in Glasgow.

According to Kanawha County 911 Dispatchers, a female walked into City National Bank on Melrose Drive and demanded money.

The robbery was reported about 2 p.m. Friday.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com, the woman walked up to the counter and handed the clerk a note saying she was armed and wanted money.

She never showed a weapon.

The woman was able to run from the bank before officers got on scene.

State Police say she was able to get away with some cash, but they are not saying how much.

State Police say she was last seen in a white Chevy Trailblazer heading west on Route 60.

Troopers have released a surveillance picture of the suspect.

Multiple police agencies are on the scene.

Cedar Grove Community School is on lock down while police search for the suspect.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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