Throughout the marriage and during the last year in particular, Plummer had bouts of depression.
"It was like he was a different person," Emery said. "He would be laughing, sitting on the couch and then slip into it quickly."
The divorce was final by the end of 1986.
In September 1988, FBI agents showed her a photograph of Plummer robbing a bank.
"They laid the picture in front of me and I got very upset. I didn't believe it," she said. "But I knew who it was when I saw the picture."
Kruk: 'I was scared'
After Plummer and Emery split, he moved to California and met up with an old friend: three-time Major League Baseball All-Star and Keyser native John Kruk.
Plummer committed the first of four San Diego-area robberies just before moving into Kruk's home, according to a Sporting News story on their association dated Feb. 6, 1989.
Plummer robbed the Home Federal Savings and Loan Association in San Diego on Oct. 6, 1987. A few days later, Kruk left to play winter ball in Mexico after finishing the season with the San Diego Padres and Plummer moved into his house, according to the Sporting News article.
Plummer moved out about the time Kruk returned from the off-season, according to the article.
During baseball spring training in 1988, Kruk began to get phone calls from friends and family in Keyser about Plummer.
"They all said the FBI was rooting around, asking questions about this guy," Kruk told The Sporting News. "They told me I'd better be careful, that something was happening."
In May 1988, two FBI agents questioned Kruk while he took batting practice. Agents said at the time that Kruk was never suspected of being involved in the robberies.
Still, Kruk told The Sporting News the circumstances shook him up and affected his play, contributing to his batting average plummeting 72 points that year.
"I was scared. This guy was my friend, but if he did some of the things they said he did, you never knew what he might do to me," Kruk told The Sporting News.
'He was president of the Jaycees'
On May 2, 1988, Plummer committed at least his 11th bank robbery. He approached tellers at another Home Federal Savings and Loan Association location in San Diego with a Smith & Wesson .38 Special in his hand.
With a bag full of money, Plummer ran through the parking lot to a getaway car where Hafer sat waiting. A dye pack, used by banks to make stolen money easily detectable, exploded in the bag and Plummer dropped his gun. Rather than risk capture, he left it behind.
Police recovered the gun and traced it to Greyson's Sporting Goods store in Keyser, McGlennon said.
"It goes to the original buyer, a secondary, a third buyer," McGlennon said. "It goes to a fourth buyer who commits suicide. The daughter of the suicide victim comes into possession of the gun. She trades it to a guy who installs carpeting in her home. That guy sells the gun to Bruckey."
John Bruckey and Roy Plummer were old camping buddies and had known each other for years.
"We played ball together. He was a senior and I was a sophomore," said Bruckey, who still lives in Keyser. "I managed a sporting goods store and he would come in ... He was a very private person. He never opened up to anyone about anything."
In an affidavit, Bruckey told investigators Plummer specifically requested that he be sold any unregistered or untraceable guns Bruckey came across. Bruckey thought the Smith & Wesson was untraceable, according to the affidavit.
"I told them they had the wrong guy. When I knew Roy, he was president of the Jaycees. He was even a Sunday school teacher," Bruckey said recently. "In my mind, there [was] no way that man would rob a bank."
Although Plummer had moved to California, he still made regular trips back to Keyser.
The two went camping in December 1987, Bruckey told the FBI. He watched Plummer purchase camping equipment worth hundreds of dollars and then burn it at the end of a camping trip.
Bruckey said he never sold another gun after finding out what Plummer did with his.
"My dad wanted to sell a gun one time and I wouldn't let him," Bruckey said. "I told him, 'look at all the pain the one I sold caused.' My dad said he wasn't going to sell it to a bank robber and I said, 'Hey, would you have thought Roy Plummer was a bank robber.'"
'OK, OK, you've got me'
As the FBI closed in, Plummer continued to rob banks, two in southern California and then the Moon Township, Pa., robbery in the Ronald Reagan mask.
Exactly how many banks the two men robbed will probably never be known.
Hafer told Kathy Plummer he lost track of the robberies after 50. Hafer, now a supervisor for Nielsen Media Research, declined to be interviewed for this story.
The FBI's McGlennon admits it's possible there are many more robberies Plummer committed that haven't been identified. The statute of limitations to prosecute bank robberies is 10 years.
By September 1988, Plummer knew the FBI was on his trail. He called Bruckey on Sept. 3, 1988, according to the affidavit, and asked if he had talked to anyone about some bank robbery photos or the Smith & Wesson. Plummer also asked Bruckey not to tell anyone about the gun. Plummer said he was staying away from Keyser and that, "The gears inside of me are going crazy."
On Sept. 19, 1988, FBI agents tracked Plummer to the Hotel 7/11 in San Diego.
"They had a description of his vehicle and his license plate number, and they were canvassing local hotels," McGlennon said.
FBI agents arrested him in the parking lot in a red Isuzu pickup truck owned by his girlfriend, Regina Patch.
"OK, OK, you've got me," Plummer said, according to an FBI communication now part of the South Strabane, Pa., robbery police report. "She doesn't know anything about the robberies."
He consented to a hotel room search.
"Since you're going to find out anyway, some of the bank money is in the black bag in the room, and my bike - you know, that I used to escape on - is in the truck," Plummer told FBI agents.
In the 14 robberies from the 1980s, Plummer probably stole about $100,000, McGlennon said.
In February 1989, Plummer pleaded guilty to seven counts of armed robbery in a plea deal in San Diego. All of the cases from different judicial districts were rolled to southern California, McGlennon said.
Plummer was ordered to pay restitution while in jail.
"I found a recent statement from 2007 from the Clerk of Courts in San Diego. That current statement has a balance of $94,000 to be paid," McGlennon said.
He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and five years probation on July 31, 1989, McGlennon said.
Hafer, too, was arrested. He pleaded to two counts of bank robbery on June 15, 1989, and was sentenced to 10 years in jail, McGlennon said.
Plummer admitted to the FBI that he used cocaine frequently. When they searched his truck, they found four guns, including an Uzi, McGlennon said.
"If I had had a gun when you all came up to arrest me, I would have shot myself," Plummer told the FBI.
"Although, I might have taken a shot at some of you."
Reach Gary Harki at gha...@wvgazette.com or 348-5163.
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