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Woman pleads guilty to robbing family

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By John Barnhart

    Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance gives credit to Bedford Police Investigator Neil Baltzelle for making it possible to bring a robbery case to court. He attributes it to “good old fashioned investigative work.” According to Nance, Baltzelle never gave up on the case in spite of encountering multiple dead ends.
    “He’s the primary reason why we are at this point,” said Nance.
    On the evening of March 6, 2011, four people, two of them armed with handguns and all wearing masks, broke into a house in Bedford occupied by a man, his pregnant wife and a small child. They stole money and a small quantity of marijuana. One of them struck the man with a pistol.
    Nance said that police had an idea who the robbers were.
    “But having evidence admissible in a trial was another story,” Nance said.
    The break came when Audrey Bennett, now 22,  was arrested in Campbell County on an unrelated charge this year. Bennett began cooperating with investigators and this led to the arrest of the other four. According to Nance, Bennett was the getaway car driver and one of the two who hatched the robbery plot.
    According to Nance, Bennett and a friend, one of the co-defendants in the case, knew the victims and had a dispute with them.     Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance gives credit to Bedford Police Investigator Neil Baltzelle for making it possible to bring a robbery case to court. He attributes it to “good old fashioned investigative work.” According to Nance, Baltzelle never gave up on the case in spite of encountering multiple dead ends.
    “He’s the primary reason why we are at this point,” said Nance.
    On the evening of March 6, 2011, four people, two of them armed with handguns and all wearing masks, broke into a house in Bedford occupied by a man, his pregnant wife and a small child. They stole money and a small quantity of marijuana. One of them struck the man with a pistol.
    Nance said that police had an idea who the robbers were.
    “But having evidence admissible in a trial was another story,” Nance said.
    The break came when Audrey Bennett, now 22,  was arrested in Campbell County on an unrelated charge this year. Bennett began cooperating with investigators and this led to the arrest of the other four. According to Nance, Bennett was the getaway car driver and one of the two who hatched the robbery plot.
    According to Nance, Bennett and a friend, one of the co-defendants in the case, knew the victims and had a dispute with them.