New charges brought in McCall ATM heist

jsowell@idahostatesman.comApril 9, 2014 

Nathan Paul Davenport

A federal grand jury in Boise added new charges against one of the suspects in a Jan. 10 robbery of a bank ATM, and formally accused the second suspect in the case.

Nathan Paul Davenport, 34, and Matthew Taber Annable, 39, formerly of Bonners Ferry, were each charged with two counts of bank larceny, conspiracy to commit bank larceny, bank larceny by use of a dangerous weapon and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

On Jan. 10, thieves stole $26,160 from an Idaho First Bank ATM in McCall. A man dressed in dark clothes and a mask — believed to be Davenport — drove up to an ATM in a stolen Ford pickup and cut the bolts off the machine’s door. He then attached a chain and used the pickup to pull off the door, allowing him to reach in and grab bins of cash.

Davenport drove away and caught up with Annable, authorities said, who was waiting in a rented car for the getaway.

A witness called police and gave a description of the man who yanked the door off the ATM, the vehicle he was driving and his direction of travel.

McCall police located the stolen Ford pickup two minutes later and gave chase. Davenport stopped the pickup twice and fired at officers, police said. The chase ended as the bullets from a Ruger .223-caliber semiautomatic rifle immobilized the police cars.

Previously, only Davenport had been charged in the McCall case. However, both men were arrested in Utah in January and accused of a similar heist a month earlier that netted $74,020 from from a Converse County Bank ATM in Douglas, Wyo.

“The theft of the McCall ATM and subsequent shootout with local law enforcement officers were violent and dangerous acts,” Wendy Olson., the U.S. attorney for Idaho, said in a written release. “The investigation has been detailed and thorough to allow us to bring these additional charges.”

As the Statesman reported back in January, the two men are accused of knocking off at least 20 ATMs across the United States over the past two years. The FBI asserts that the two men grabbed more than $500,000 during a spree that took them to Idaho, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Mississippi and Florida, according to court documents.

Three of the robberies took place in Idaho. Besides the McCall theft, Davenport and Annable are accused of robbing a pair of Idaho Banking Co. ATMs in Meridian and Boise on Jan. 5. They stole $36,900 from those two banks, authorities said. The Boise theft was previously unreported.

If convicted on the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony charge, the two men face a mandatory 10 years up to life in prison. The other charges carry maximum sentences from five years to 20 years each.

James Patrick, an FBI agent in Wyoming, tied the pair to the larger string of ATM robberies while investigating the Wyoming theft.

He learned that Guaranty Bank and Trust in Castle Rock, Colo., had a similar ATM break-in on Dec. 11, three days after the Wyoming job. Thieves cut bolts off the door and used a chain to pull it free. They got away with $16,200.

Patrick issued a bulletin asking FBI offices across the country to notify him of any similar ATM heists. He learned of three a month earlier in Billings and Missoula, Mont. The thieves cleared out $41,285 from those ATMs.

The first big break in the case came when Patrick learned of a string of ATM thefts a year earlier in San Antonio, Texas. Two of those thefts differed in one key way — the thief used Dodge pickups rather than Fords. Both of the Dodge trucks were traced to Davenport.

For one, the thief removed the outer rear wheels from a dual-wheeled Dodge pickup to allow the truck to fit through the skinny ATM lane at Security Service Credit Union in San Antonio. It also had a distinctive differential cap with lettering, brightly colored shock absorbers, a chrome tailgate, chrome side steps and a temporary Texas license plate.

The license plate had been stolen from a different vehicle. The same plate, however, was used in a different ATM robbery, affixed to the other Dodge pickup traced to Davenport.

In both thefts, the thief wore a mask and a Superman logo baseball cap, and had a prominent black handgun on his hip.

San Antonio police officers located the dual-wheeled pickup at a local repair shop. The vehicle was registered to Davenport at an address in Wheat Ridge, Colo. Shop workers told police that Davenport checked his truck out of the shop and later returned it.

The Security Service Credit Union ATM theft on Oct. 26, 2012, which netted the thieves $76,120, took place while the truck was out of the shop.

The other Dodge truck, used in a $63,840 theft from a different Security Service ATM, matched the description of one owned by Davenport’s father-in-law, who resides in Spring Branch, Texas.

Patrick, the FBI agent, obtained a search warrant and went through Verizon phone records connected to a phone Davenport carried with an Idaho number. Signals from the phone registered on cell towers in many of the towns, usually minutes before the ATM robberies occurred, he said.

Patrick also obtained records from a nationwide criminal database. The records indicated each time police ran a check for warrants through the database, typically after a traffic stop.

On Jan. 5, 2014, burglars robbed an Idaho Saving Co. ATM at 1800 S. Eagle Road in Meridian and an undisclosed Boise branch. Those thefts occurred a day after Davenport was stopped by an Idaho State Police trooper.

The day after the Treasure Valley robberies, Nathan Davenport and his wife, Diane Davenport, were spotted with Annable by FBI agents in Coeur d’Alene transferring bags from a car rented by Nathan into a car rented by Annable, and then into a Ford Excursion owned by Diane.

After Davenport was first indicted in Idaho in January, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said he was from Bonners Ferry, the same hometown listed when he was cited for speeding in October in Bonner County.

However, when he rented a Chevy Tahoe in Hayden Lake in December, Davenport used a Texas driver’s license listing him as living in Spring Branch, Texas.

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