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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Carlisle Man Sentenced To 11 Years’ Imprisonment For Two Bank Robberies

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Jeffrey Turns, age 33, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on May 1, 2017, before United States District Court Judge John E. Jones, III, to 132 months’ imprisonment for committing two bank robberies and federal firearms charges.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Turns robbed two banks in August 2015, a Fulton Bank in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, on August 12, 2015, and a Santander Bank in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, on August 27, 2015. During the Santander Bank robbery, Turns threatened the tellers by brandishing a firearm. Turns was apprehended just after the August 27, 2015, bank robbery through a cooperative effort by Upper Allen Township Police Department, Camp Hill Police Department, Lower Allen Township Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police. When taken into custody, Turns was fleeing from the bank in a stolen car with the firearm in his waistband, and nine additional stolen firearms in the back of the car.


As a part of his sentence, Judge Jones ordered Turns to serve a term of three years of supervised release at the conclusion of his prison sentence. Turns must also pay restitution in the amount of $3,471 to Fulton Bank. Officers recovered the money that Turns had stolen from Santander Bank from Turns at the time of his arrest.


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Mechanicsburg Police Department, and the Carroll Township Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.


This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VCRP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VCRP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes with firearms.



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Violent Crime
Updated May 2, 2017