PITTSBURGH, PA - A criminal complaint has been filed in federal court charging a resident of Brackenridge, PA., with the July 10, 2019 armed robbery of the Allegheny-Ludlum Brackenridge Federal Credit Union, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The one-count Criminal Complaint named Thomas George as the sole defendant. George made his initial appearance in federal court today before Chief Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy. George has been detained without bail pending a preliminary hearing.
According to the Affidavit in Support of the Criminal Complaint, on July 10, 2019 at around 2 p.m. George entered the Allegheny-Ludlum Brackenridge Federal Credit Union, located at 1131 Brackenridge Avenue in Brackenridge, PA, armed with a handgun and took approximately $101,000 in $5 and $10 denominations from the vault located in the teller area. The Affidavit also says that an eyewitness tip regarding a potential getaway vehicle led to the identification of George as the person responsible for the armed robbery.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 25 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the charges in this case.
A criminal complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant may not be prosecuted unless, within 30 days, a grand jury has found probable cause to believe that the defendant is guilty of an offense.