Pascagoula credit union robber sentenced to 18 years

Jerome Bridges (Photo source: Pascagoula Police Dept.)
Jerome Bridges (Photo source: Pascagoula Police Dept.)

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A Mobile man who stole $23,000 from a Pascagoula credit union in 2010 was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday.

On the morning of December 6, 2010, Jerome Bridges walked into the Market Street Branch of Singing River Federal Credit Union in Pascagoula wearing sunglasses and a wig. Police said he was carrying a small handgun and demanded money from the teller.

"The use of deadly weapons during the commission of any crime can lead to the unnecessary loss of life or serious injury to innocent people, including the citizens who were inside the bank when this defendant committed the robbery," stated District Attorney Tony Lawrence.

"This was a dangerous individual who had three other bank robbery convictions from federal court. I commend the work of the Pascagoula Police Department in this case, as they were able to recover the $23,115 stolen by the defendant just moments after the defendant left the bank," said Kathlyn Van Buskirk, Assistant District Attorney.

Jerome Bridges must serve the 18 year sentence day for day, along with paying court costs and a $5,000 fine.

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