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August 15, 2011

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ANDREW TOBIAS

Staff Writer

A man appeared in court Monday via a video link from the Delaware County Jail to face charges after police say he robbed a Delaware credit union last week.

Leslie E. Williams, 49, of 114 Eaton St., Delaware, pleaded not guilty to aggravated robbery, breaking and entering and domestic violence charges. He turned himself to police Sunday after he was identified using surveillance footage from the CES Credit Union, 33 London Road, on Aug. 10.

Williams walked into the credit union around 3:30 p.m. and placed a box on the counter, Delaware County Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Rohrer said in court Monday. In a note to the teller, Williams said the box contained a bomb. He made off with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

The breaking and entering charge stems from an incident the night of Aug. 9, when Williams broke into a Goodwill store on U.S. 23S on Aug. 9 and took the store’s safe, Rohrer said. When asked following court, Rohrer didn’t immediately have more information about the domestic violence charge.

Municipal Court Judge David M. Gormley set a $150,000 bond and set a court date for 4 p.m. on Aug. 24, although that will likely be canceled when the case is transferred to common pleas court pending a review from a Delaware County Grand Jury for the felony charges.

Williams has a lengthy criminal record including convictions for burglary, larceny and theft spanning multiple states including Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, Rohrer said.

Williams told Gormley the charges Rohrer referred to date back to when he was a teenager. He said he has stayed out of trouble, and has worked as a locksmith for 28 years.

“A lot of that resulted because of what happened in a two to three day span,” Williams said of the charges he currently faces.

He said he took some pills his boss gave him, which disoriented him during that time, he said.

“I’ll get what I deserve, I believe in that. Everything I did I would not have done normally in my lifetime. I didn’t have a clue of what I did. Where I went, I don’t know,” Williams said.

While Williams has no major previous criminal record in Delaware County, he was cited in March, April and May 2011 for violating Delaware city’s ordinance against begging where he owes $624.70 in outstanding fines and court costs, court records show.