The getaway driver for a series of bank ATM robberies in Idaho and several other states won’t be driving anywhere for several years, following sentencing Tuesday in federal court in Boise.
Matthew T. Annable, 40, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge gave Annable credit for the year he spent in custody following conviction last year for a similar theft in Wyoming.
The Bonners Ferry man and his co-defendant Nathan P. Davenport, 35, used stolen pickups and a chain to rip the doors off 28 bank ATMs in nine Rocky Mountain and Southern states between October 2013 and Jan. 12, 2014, when they were caught in Orem, Utah.
In total, the two men stole $879,755 in the overnight heists. They were able to grab the cash and leave before police arrived in all but one theft.
Davenport was sentenced in June to more than 18 years in prison. He received a stiffer sentence because he fired several shots at pursuing police officers tipped off by a witness after a Jan. 10, 2014, heist in McCall that netted $26,120.
No one was hurt during the chase, which ended when bullets immobilized the police cars.
Annable pleaded guilty in April to bank larceny with assault and conspiracy to commit bank robbery. Davenport pleaded guilty to those charges and to use of a deadly weapon.
Annable faced up to 25 years in prison. In a plea agreement, Annable agreed not to seek a sentence of less than 10 years.
The McCall theft came five days after the thieves struck Idaho Banking Co. branches in Boise and Meridian.
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.