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*Monterey Co. Jurors Convict Armando Navarette of Salinas For Robbing A Union Bank of California In Prunedale In 2007

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Jurors have convicted a 22-year-old man of robbing a Union Bank of California in Prunedale in 2007, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced Monday.Armando Navarette of Salinas was found guilty after a six-day trial of two counts of armed robbery and one count of burglary for robbing the bank Oct. 9, 2007. He faces up to 20 years in prison, according to Flippo.Navarette, along with an unknown accomplice, entered the Union Bank of California with masks, disguises and guns. Navarette held a gun to the tellers’ heads and demanded money, Flippo said.Navarette and his accomplice made off with more than $40,000 but as they were leaving the bank part of his disguise — a fake eyebrow — fell off his face.One of the tellers later found the eyebrow, and DNA testing confirmed Navarette was one of the robbers, Flippo said.Navarette is scheduled to be sentenced May 22.

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