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Bank robbery suspect served prison for string of holdups 10 years ago
By JAMES PEACEMAKER JR.
Jan 1, 2014, 06:00

COLONIAL HEIGHTS -- A man who spent years in prison for three robberies in Hopewell has been charged with robbing a bank in Colonial Heights.

Around 1:20 p.m. Dec. 24, police were dispatched to the EVB bank located at 3012 Boulevard, in the northern end of the city, for a robbery.

Bank employees told police that the robber was a short, white male with a medium build, wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, a black scarf wrapped around the lower half of his face with sunglasses.

The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of currency and was seen getting into a silver Pontiac G6 that left the scene heading west on Lakeview Avenue.

A police officer in the area spotted a vehicle fitting the description being driven by a white female just outside the city on Lakeview Avenue.

As a result, two suspects were arrested.

Police arrested Eric Shelton, 40, and Angela Christine Shelton, 39, of Prince George, and charged them with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Both suspects are being held at the Riverside Regional Jail with no bond.

Eric Shelton is a convicted felon, who had pleaded guilty to three robberies in Hopewell in about two weeks in 2003, according to court records.

He robbed a Wachovia on Nov. 25, 2003, then Randolph Market on Nov. 29, 2003, then a Wachovia on Dec. 10, 2003.

He was found five later in Virginia Beach and was charged with possession of heroin when he was arrested. He had also been found guilty of possession of heroin in 2001.

Shelton was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the three robberies, but all but seven years was suspended. With the recent arrest, some of the suspended prison sentence could be reinstated.
Eric and Angela Shelton are set to appear in Colonial Heights General District Court on Jan. 6.

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