Reading men admit to role in armed robbery of bank in Schuylkill County

Federal charges against 3rd suspect still pending, says FBI

Pair admit to role in armed bank robbery

SCRANTON, Pa. - Two Reading men have admitted to their roles in the armed robbery of a bank in Schuylkill County last year.

Quamaine Irvin Smith-Tisdale and Justin Allen Smith pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of robbing the Union Bank and Trust in West Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill Co., on April 18, 2011.

Smith-Tisdale, 23; Smith, 21; and Orlando Velez Jr., 23, all of Reading, were later apprehended after leading police on a high-speed chase, the FBI said.

Smith-Tisdale and Smith face up to 25 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine, federal officials said.

Charges against Velez are still pending, said U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith.

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