Las Vegas man admits to ATM thefts at Boise State, elsewhere

Statesman staffNovember 4, 2013 

In a plea agreement that resolves 21 ATM thefts in Idaho and the West - including at Boise State University - U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced that a Las Vegas man pleased guilty Monday to stealing from a First Federal Bank ATM at the College of Southern Idaho on July 22, 2012.

Clarence Edward Lancaster, 57, was apprehended this past January after an attempted ATM theft at Eastern Arizona College. During an interview afterward, the attorney's office said Lancaster confessed to similar ATM thefts at Idaho State University and Boise State. The FBI said it tracked Lancaster's banking transactions and other ATM theft reports and linked him to other thefts.

As part of the plea agreement, Lancaster admitted to thefts in in Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, Utah, Oregon and Arizona from June 2012 through January 2013. for a total loss of $216,178.84 - $124,000 in U.S. currency, $88,366.84 for damages caused to ATM machines and $3,612 of property damage.

The maximum penalty for bank larceny is 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Lancaster agreed to pay restitution of $216,367.84 and agreed to forfeit the cash proceeds of his crimes.

Lancaster's sentencing is set for Jan. 28, 2014, in Boise.

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