Berks man admits attempted robbery of Carbon Co. bank
A Berks County man admitted on Monday in the county court to attempting to rob a Carbon County bank almost two years ago.
Michael Todd Trumbore, 46, of Reading, entered a plea to criminal attempt-robbery but mentally ill. He was charged by Franklin Township police for an incident on July 5, 2012, at the Wells Fargo Bank along Interchange Road.
Trumbore entered his plea after defense attorney George T. Dydynsky presented a psychiatric report that stated Trumbore suffered from mental health issues at the time of the incident and still does.
The report was accepted by Assistant District Attorney Michael S. Greek, who is prosecutor in the case.
Police responded to the bank following an alarm notification to the county communications center. On scene a clerk at the drive-thru window said a man drove to the window and sent the tub with a withdrawal slip. The slip had a note saying that a bomb had been planted in the bank and if the clerk did not give him money he would set the bomb off. The clerk said while the male was in the car she could see him fumbling with a cellphone.
When the clerk asked the man in the vehicle for another slip, the man drove off. Police seized the tub, and a fingerprint belonging to Trumbore was found on it which eventually led to his arrest.
Trumbore is currently an inmate at the state correctional institution at Somerset in Somerset County, serving a prison term imposed in another county. Trumbore has had charges filed against him in Lehigh, Montgomery and Monroe counties for theft or other type of offenses. He was sentenced in Lehigh to a two and a half to seven year term in a state prison.
Trumbore previously entered a plea to the same charge in November 2012, but later withdrew it before sentencing. He was scheduled to go on trial Monday before a county jury but agreed to a plea bargain in the matter on Friday.
Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the plea and imposed a sentence of five to 10 years in a state prison. He also ordered Trumbore to get both a drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations.
Matika said he would also recommend to state prison officials that Trumbore be placed in a state facility that has a program for prisoners who have been diagnosed with mental health problems.
Matika ruled the prison term will run concurrent with any state term Trumbore is now serving.