Not Guilty Pleas Entered in 2018 Packwood Bank Robbery

By Jason Van Arkel, July 22, 2019

Two of the three men accused of participating in a Packwood bank robbery last year appear to be headed toward separate trials, after they pleaded not guilty last week.

Both Ross Thornton and Jordan Crawford face a charge of first-degree robbery. They’re accused of helping Ethan Spray rob the Pilot Grove Savings Bank in Packwood, in June of 2018. Thornton and Crawford entered written not guilty pleas last week, and asked for speedy trials. Those trials will apparently take place separately. Court records show Crawford’s trial date is set for August 27th, while Thornton’s trial is set for September 24th.

Authorities say Spray, Thornton and Crawford all planned the robbery, and Spray was the man who entered the bank and robbed it. Thornton is accused of driving the getaway car, while law enforcement says Crawford babysat for Spray while the heist took place. Both Thornton and Crawford served prison time over a decade ago after being convicted of robbing the same bank in Packwood.

Spray’s trial would have begun July 16th, but that was cancelled after he indicated a desire to plead guilty. He’s expected to enter that plea at a court date in September. Spray and Thornton also face first-degree robbery charges for holding up a bank in Hedrick last August.

 

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