Bank robber gets 25-year prison sentence
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Dec 19, 2012 | 5825 views | 8 8 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
STOCKTON — A San Joaquin County Superior Court judge on Monday, Dec. 17, ordered that Leroy Colbert serve 25 years to life in a state prison for his alleged role in the April robbery of a Bank of Stockton branch in Tracy.

Colbert, a 40-year-old formerly of Fresno, pleaded guilty in August to the bank robbery, and five other charges related to his past felony convictions.

His co-defendant, 41-year-old George Beesley, allegedly robbed the bank, 1175 N. Tracy Blvd., on the morning of April 4.

Beesley, of Martinez, is already serving a two-year prison sentence at Deuel Vocational Institution in rural Tracy after pleading guilty to his involvement in the robbery. Court officials said Beesley’s sentence was lower because of he lacked a prior criminal record.

According to police, the two men entered the bank around 10 a.m., taking an undisclosed amount of cash from two tellers. They were arrested by Tracy police during a traffic stop minutes after the robbery at the intersection of Tracy Boulevard and Interstate 205 onramp.

Prosecutor Ron Indran said in a phone interview on Monday that Colbert asked Judge Bernard Garber to remove his previous five criminal strikes for robbery convictions. Under the three strike law it would place him in a higher sentencing level.

The judge denied his request.

According to Indran, Colbert’s criminal record showed that he had served prison time for the armed robbery of a bank and a convenience store 14 years ago. He said Colbert was out of trouble for about eight years before being arrested for the most recent robbery.

Colbert’s sentence was based on his prior criminal record and the fact that he wore a mask and he was in possession of a cooler of ice to deactivate a GPS device placed in the bag of money by bank employees, according to Indran.

Tracy Detective Trevin Freitas, who investigated the robbery, said on Tuesday that such tracking devices have been used by different banks for at least a decade. He said its use depends upon the individual bank’s procedures.

“It showed a lot of criminal sophistication,” said Indran.

Colbert reportedly told the judge that he was a productive citizen and that he did not pose a threat to society.

However, Indran said that even though no weapon was used and nobody was hurt during the Tracy robbery, the act is still considered a violent felony by law.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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TracyRAP
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December 20, 2012
I think you can remove "alleged" at this point.
ChrisRoberts
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December 19, 2012
Judge Indran is one of the few judges in the county who is not a scumbag liberal. He does not believe in giving harden criminals a free pass.

If only we had more judges like him, than maybe the police would be motivated to make actual arrests....because the criminals actually STAY in jail.
pinkwillow
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December 26, 2012
Hey Chris Roberts,

Indran is a LAWYER not a judge.

What a tool.
SpikeVFR
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January 09, 2013
Garber was the Judge, Indran was the prosecutor.
Tracygirls
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December 19, 2012
Well not sure if the banks will appreciate the heads up on "deactivating the gps?" Tracy PD is always appreciated-Happy Holidays & a Safe New Year!
SpikeVFR
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January 09, 2013
maybe cause it doesn't work?

sort of like putting a penny in your mouth to cheat breathalyzers

doesn't work

Urban legend
jonpaul
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December 19, 2012
About time! This guy has 5 (FIVE) prior robbery convictions?? It is very clear to me...and I assume most people that this guy does not learn. Most people would learn from the first time...this guy will never learn. He should have been put away with this sentence after the 3rd strike....why was he given six chances?? Amazing! Well, MERRY CHRISTMAS LOOSER!! Have a wonderful life behind bars! Thank you Tracy PD for your excellent work!
tracyresdnt
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December 19, 2012
love it when the trash goes to the dump


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