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Wappingers Man Charged in Armed Bank Robbery in Newburgh

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A Wappingers Falls man was charged after allegedly stealing $220,000 from a Newburgh Bank.

An Orange County grand jury indicated 27 year-old Joshua De Jesus on felony charges of robbery in the first- and second-degrees. The charges are in connection with an August 24, 2015 armed robbery of the Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union in the City of Newburgh.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, on August 24, 2015, De Jesus, along with another unidentified man, waited outside the Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union, until the first two employees arrived to open the building. De Jesus and his accomplice displayed a gun and a knife, which they exchanged between them at different times during the robbery. The pair ordered the employees to let them inside the credit union. Once inside De Jesus made his way to the vault and took around $220,000. A car driven by a third person was waiting outside and took off with De Jesus and his accomplice inside the vehicle. After an extensive and long police investigation, De Jesus was arrested Town of Fishkill Police on December 17, 2015.

“Violent crime, especially crime committed with weapons, damages our communities,” said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler in a statement. “That is especially true when violent criminals take money from financial institutions that hold thousands of dollars of our money for safe-keeping. My office will prosecute to the fullest those who commit crimes of this nature.”

De Jesus is being held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $750,000 cash bail or $1,500,000 bond. He’s due in court on January 26.

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