Crime

Second thief in string of ATM thefts pleads guilty

Matthew T. Annable, 40, pleaded guilty Monday to bank larceny with assault and conspiracy to commit bank robbery.

When he’s sentenced June 10 in federal court in Boise, the Bonners Ferry resident faces up to 25 years in prison on the larceny count and up to five years on the conspiracy charge. He agreed not to seek a sentence of less than 10 years.

Last month, co-defendant Nathan P. Davenport, 35, also from Bonners Ferry, pleaded guilty to the same charges, along with use of a deadly weapon. That charge carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, up to life.

Davenport is scheduled for sentencing on June 22. He agreed to not seek a sentence of less than 18 years.

The two men last year pulled a vault door off a McCall bank ATM, stole $27,000 in cash and then fired at pursuing police officers.

Davenport and Annable 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.

Davenport admitted 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 drove a stolen pickup to the bank — usually a Ford — and used a power saw to cut the bolts off the ATM door. He then attached a chain to the door, used the pickup to pull it off the machine and grabbed the cash from a basket inside. Annable met up with Davenport in a white 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup that belonged to Davenport and they drove off.

The two men will 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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