Commonwealth v. Preston Robert Walcker; Former out of State Sheriff’s Deputy Turned Local Bank Robber Sentenced to 16 Years, 7 Months

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Preston Robert Walcker, 45 years old, who previously resided in the 1400 block of E. Bay Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien for two (2) counts of Bank Robbery.  Judge O’Brien sentenced Walcker to a total of 40 years in the Department of Corrections then suspended all but 16 years and 7 months.   Walcker was also ordered to pay restitution.  He pled guilty on February 1, 2011.

Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on the morning of April 12, 2010, Preston Robert Walcker entered the Bank of Hampton Roads on Lynnhaven Parkway in Virginia Beach and approached the teller.  He handed her a note stating, “This is a robbery” which included several demands.  Wearing sunglasses and maintaining a serious expression on his face, he took $2,677.00 from the teller and stuffed it in a black leather bag.  Walcker then fled the bank.  On the afternoon of May 6, 2010, Walcker entered the Bank of Hampton Roads on Indian River Road in Virginia Beach and handed the teller a note similar to the one used in the previous bank robbery.  The teller complied with his demand for money and handed him $449.00.  Walcker stuffed it in a black bag and fled.  A witness observed Walcker driving away in a silver 4-door sedan.

Investigators in several jurisdictions were able to identify Walcker as a suspect in multiple bank robberies and learned that he was renting a 2010 silver Dodge Avenger.  Ultimately, investigators tracked Walcker’s whereabouts through his cell phone and on May 13, 2010 he was arrested while entering the silver sedan in front of his house.   When interviewed by a detective with the Virginia Beach Police Department, Walcker admitted his role in both bank robberies in Virginia Beach as well as two other bank robberies in Chesapeake and Hanover County.  A search of his home and rental car recovered a black leather bag, two pairs of sunglasses, two black hats, a cell phone, a demand note, and large amounts of cash.

 

Walcker received a ten (10) year penitentiary sentence for the bank robbery in Hanover County and a seven (7) year and six (6) month sentence for the bank robbery in Chesapeake.  The sentence imposed by Judge O’Brien today will run concurrent with those sentences.  Before pronouncing his sentence, Judge O’Brien remarked that Walcker “invoked a great deal of fear in a lot of people.”  In running his sentence concurrent with that of the other jurisdictions, Judge O’Brien noted Walcker’s previous employment as a Sheriff’s Deputy in Washington State.  Walcker also has a conviction for Attempting to Possess a Controlled Substance by Fraud  in Washington in 2003.

 

The case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Katherine E. Orsini and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elliott H. DeJarnette.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​

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