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

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Junedale Woman Sentenced To 90 Months’ Imprisonment For Acting As Getaway Driver On Four Armed Bank Robberies And The Armed Robbery Of A Store

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Senior United States District Judge James M. Munley sentenced Crystal Serfass, age 32, of Junedale, Carbon County, Pennsylvania on October 7, 2016, to 90 months’ imprisonment for her role as getaway driver in the armed robberies of four banks and the armed robbery of a store.  

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, on May 4, 2016, Serfass pleaded guilty to the offenses in Federal Court in Scranton.  During the guilty plea hearing, Serfass admitted to all charges contained in a five-count Criminal Information which alleges that she helped plan and acted as the getaway driver for David Weaver, age 42, in committing the following armed robberies:

  • Jim Thorpe National Bank, Penn Forest Township, Pennsylvania, on September 17, 2013;


  • National Penn Bank, Drums, Pennsylvania, on August 8, 2014;


  • Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank, Penn Forest Township, Pennsylvania, on November 18, 2014;


  • ESSA Bank and Trust, Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, on December 26, 2014;


  • Dollar General, Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania, on November 16, 2014.


During each of the robberies, codefendant Weaver brandished a firearm to intimidate the employees.  Judge Munley sentenced Weaver to 121 months’ imprisonment on October 5, 2016.   

Judge Munley ordered that Crystal Serfass and Weaver make full restitution of $22,046 which represented the amount of money taken during the robberies. 

The case was investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police.  Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus.


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Violent Crimes
Updated October 11, 2016