Nathan Paul Davenport, 35, won’t have a Ford pickup truck and a chain at his disposal to rip the door off his cell when he arrives shortly at a federal prison.
The Bonners Ferry man and his co-defendant, Matthew Annable, used that method to steal from 28 bank ATMs in nine Rocky Mountain and Southern states between October 2013 and Jan. 12, 2014. They netted $879,755.
Davenport was sentenced Monday to more than 18 years in federal prison for charges stemming from the series of thefts. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Davenport to pay $1.2 million because of the stolen cash and damages to the ATMs and other items.
Davenport pleaded guilty in April to bank larceny by use of a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit bank larceny.
After a Jan. 10, 2014, heist that netted $26,120 from an Idaho First Bank branch in McCall, Davenport shot at pursuing officers who were tipped off by a witness. The chase ended as the bullets immobilized the police cars. No one was injured.
It was the only time the two men were caught in the act.
The McCall theft came five days after the thieves struck Idaho Banking Co. branches in Boise and Meridian.
The two men were arrested without incident on Jan. 12, 2014, in Orem, Utah.
Annable also pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bank larceny, He faces up to 25 years in prison when he’s sentenced Aug. 24. In his plea agreement, Annable agreed not to seek a sentence of less than 10 years.
Lodge earlier authorized federal prosecutors to sell off $16,678 worth of firearms and ammunition taken from homes and vehicles belonging to the pair.
The two men used the same approach in each of the robberies, federal prosecutors said:
• A man dressed in dark clothes and a mask 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.
• The thief then drove away and caught up with his partner, who was waiting in a rented car for the getaway.
The first big break in the case came when FBI special agent James Patrick was investigating a Dec. 8, 2013, heist in Douglas, Wyo. He 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.