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Queen Anne's County Couple Pleads Guilty To Multi-State Crime Spree

BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ)  A Queen Anne's County couple has pleaded guilty to a two-month crime spree that sprawled over multiple county, and state lines.

Grasonville residents, 39 year-old Matthew Dale Bush, along with 34 year-old Crystal French have both pleaded guilty to the following charges:

  • Conspiring to commit bank larceny,
  • Interstate transportation of stolen goods
  • And interstate transportation of stolen vehicles.

Bush also pleaded guilty to bank robbery and to illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. He pleaded guilty on September 11, 2018, followed by French pleading guilty the following day.

Bush and French plotted to break into retail businesses in order to steal ATMs between September and October 2017. The couple admitted that they used stolen vehicles to travel to and from the scenes of crimes across Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. The couple would marry during their crime spree.

On October 22, 2017, Officers spotted Bush and French leaving a bank robbery on Bel Air Road in Perry Hall, Maryland. and tried to pull the couple over.  Bush drove away in a reckless manner, fleeing into Baltimore City before crashing into another vehicle.  The two ran away, followed by at least two police officers before being caught and arrested.

French faces a maximum sentence of five year in prison for the conspiracy, while Bush faces between four and 10 years in prison for the conspiracy, bank robbery, and gun charges.  A hearing is scheduled for Bush on December 11, 2018, and for French on December 12, 2018.

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