Crime

Idaho ATM thief pleads guilty; co-defendant expected to follow suit.

Two Idaho men who pulled a vault door off a McCall bank ATM, stole $27,000 in cash and then fired at pursuing police officers last year have agreed to plead guilty.

The men, residents of the North Idaho town of Bonners Ferry, were responsible for at least 27 similar holdups in nine Mountain and Southern states that netted nearly $880,000, according to plea agreements filed in the case. Among the holdups were two on Jan. 5, 2014 that netted nearly $37,000 from Idaho Banking Co. ATMs in Boise and Meridian.

The thefts took place between October 2013 and Jan. 12, 2014, when the men were arrested in Orem, Utah, two days after the McCall heist.

Nathan Paul Davenport, 35, entered a guilty plea Monday in federal court in Boise to bank larceny, use of a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit bank larceny. Matthew Taber Annable, 40, was scheduled to plead guilty Monday to conspiracy and bank larceny, but his hearing was rescheduled for April 20.

Davenport’s sentencing is scheduled for June 22.

In his plea agreement, Davenport admits to twice stepping out of a stolen Ford pickup and firing multiple shots from a Ruger .223-caliber assault rifle into two McCall patrol cars, disabling them. The police officers driving those cars were not struck.

The men used the same method for each of the heists. Davenport would drive a stolen pickup to the bank — usually a Ford — and use a power saw to cut the bolts off the ATM door. He would then attach a chain to the door, use the pickup to pull it off the machine and grab the cash from a basket inside. Annable would meet up with Davenport in a white 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup that belonged to Davenport and drive off.

Davenport agreed that he will not seek a term of less than 18 years in prison when he is sentenced. Under the agreement, federal prosecutors will recommend the same sentence.

Annable agreed not to argue for a sentence of less than 10 years.

U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge is not bound by those agreements. Davenport could face a life sentence while Annable could go to prison for 25 years.

The two men will also be responsible for paying back the money they stole, plus at least $252,000 in damage to the ATMs. Some of the banks have not yet submitted damage claims, so the restitution amount could rise.

Last summer, Davenport and Annable were each sentenced to 14 months in prison after pleading guilty to an ATM theft at a bank in Douglas, Wyo., where they stole $74,000 in cash. Those sentences will run concurrently with the time they spend in prison on the Idaho charges.

As part of the plea agreements, federal prosecutors in Utah, Montana, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida agreed not to pursue charges in cases against the two men in their states.

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