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HILLSVILLE — The 54-year-old Ivanhoe woman who tried to rob the Galax branch of Woodforest National Bank last August will spend five years in prison.
Debra Lynn Gravely has pleaded guilty to robbery in Carroll County Circuit Court in the Aug. 4 incident at the bank branch located in the Wal-Mart store.
In her sentencing hearing on Thursday, Gravely received a sentence of 20 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections with 15 suspended.
The court ordered that Gravely will receive credit for time served.
Once released, she is banned from Woodforest National Bank and is to pay restitution in the amount of $3,000.
Gravely was arrested at her home in Ivanhoe about a week after the robbery, after investigators reviewed the picture of the suspect and the suspect vehicle caught on the security camera.
The arrest came with the assistance of a Wytheville Police Department officer who developed an investigative lead that resulted in Galax detectives traveling to Wythe County to locate the suspect.
Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said a police officer in Wytheville thought that the suspect’s early model Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Cadillac — captured on the security camera in the Walmart parking lot — resembled a vehicle that was once owned by his father.
After the linking the vehicle to the suspect, investigators then searched records at the Department of Motor Vehicles to find a driver’s license photograph of Gravely that matched the suspect’s description. Gravely was arrested by Galax detectives Robbie Isom and J.B. Greer with the assistance of the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office.
At the time of the robbery, bank employees told officers that a white female approached the tellers and showed them a robbery note. The female suspect was given the amount of money specified in the note.