WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. -- A Wappingers Falls man was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years in prison for the armed robbery of an Orange County bank.
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler said that Joshua De Jesus, 27, was also sentenced to five years post-release supervision and to pay $225,000 in restitution in connection with the armed robbery of the Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union in the City of Newburgh on Aug. 24, 2015.
De Jesus had pleaded guilty to robbery in January.
On the morning of the robbery, De Jesus, along with another unidentified man, waited outside the Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union on Corwin Court until the first two credit union employees arrived to open the building, Hoovler said.
De Jesus and his accomplice displayed a gun and a knife, which they exchanged between them at different times during the robbery. The men ordered the employees to let them in, and De Jesus made his way to the vault, where he took approximately $225,000 in cash, the district attorney added.
The two men then left the credit union, entered a waiting car driven by a third person, and drove off. After an extensive police investigation, De Jesus was apprehended by City of Newburgh and Town of Fishkill Police on Dec. 17, 2015, Hoovler said.
“The community will be safer during the sixteen years that this defendant is in prison,” said Hoovler. “The repeated threatening of innocent employees or customers at financial institutions cannot be tolerated and those who engage in such crimes deserve long state prison sentences.”