Suspect charged in more holdups
By Staff Reports
Jan 9, 2014, 14:14
CHESTERFIELD — A man charged in a bank robbery in Colonial Heights has now been charged with two more bank robberies in Chester.
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, a man approached a teller at the Virginia Commonwealth Bank branch at 4600 W. Hundred Road and passed a note demanding money. The robber fled on foot with cash.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, a man approached a teller at the Bank of Virginia branch at 4023 W. Hundred Road and passed a note demanding money. The robber fled on foot with cash.
On Dec. 31, Chesterfield police obtained warrants for Eric J. Shelton, 40, for robbery and wearing a mask in a public place in relation to each robbery. Shelton, of the 6800 block of Morning Dove Lane in Prince George.
In Colonial Heights on Dec. 24, police were dispatched to the EVB bank located at 3012 Boulevard, in the northern end of the city, for a robbery around 1:20 p.m.
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.