MCCALL, Idaho -- A string of ATM thefts stretching from Mississippi to Meridian, Idaho have been linked to two violent armed-robbery suspects, one from Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Nathan Davenport, 34, from Bonners Ferry, and Matthew Annable appeared in Utah District Court this week. Davenport was indicted on charges of bank theft and use of a deadly weapon.
Both are suspected in the violent armed robbery of a bank ATM last week in McCall, Idaho.
FBI documents accuse both suspects of targeting the following ATMs across the country:
- October 13, 2012 - San Antonio, TX $63,840
- October 26, 2012 - San Antonio, TX $76,120
- May 22, 2013 - Cedar Park, TX $50,000
- July 29, 2013 - Niceville, FL $17,000
- July 29, 2013 - Niceville, FL $43,560
- October 27, 2013 - Pascagoula, MS $37,650
- October 27, 2013 - Gautier, MS $36,650
- October 28, 2013 - Gulfport, MS $24,920
- November 3, 2013 - Billings, MT
- November 6, 2013 - Missoula, MT
- November 13, 2013 - Missoula, MT
- December 8, 2013 - Douglas, WY $74,020
- December 11, 2013 - Castle Rock, CO $16,200
- January 5, 2014 - Meridian, ID (2)
- January 10, 2014 - McCall, ID $26,120
FBI agents say the total amount stolen adds up to more than a half-million dollars.
FBI documents say the suspects targeted each ATM by first stealing a truck, then attaching a chain to the ATM and using the truck to pull the ATM apart. Afterward, the pair would steal the money.
THE FINAL HEIST
McCall Police Chief Justin Williams say 21-year-old Alex Hamilton witnessed the pair commit their latest theft on the night of January 10.
Hamilton says his girlfriend first noticed a chain around the ATM and alerted him as the pair was in their own vehicle at the bank.
"There was a chain around the ATM and then attached to his trailer hitch and the car was running," said Hamilton.
Hamilton says he then watched as the suspect drove off, ripping apart the ATM. Afterward, he called 911 and followed the suspects, directing McCall Police to their location.
"It was the right place at the right time, that's it," Hamilton said.
THEFT TURNS VIOLENT
When two officers arrived via Hamilton's directions, McCall Police say the suspects opened fire on them with an AR-15 assault rifle.
Chief Williams says the suspects fired a substantial amount of rounds at the officers.
"It's shocking; it's really something -- I mean I don't even know if now it's really sunk in and I've realized what went down that night and how close I came to getting shot," said Hamilton.
Fortunately, no one was hurt by the barrage of bullets, but it was the first time the suspects were confronted in the act.
Chief Williams says he was proud his officers chose not to return fire, since citizens were nearby.
"It's very difficult to put into words how proud I am of the officers who responded. To see that come out of a small jurisdiction, the small department, to have that level of professionalism, it makes my heart swell, it really does," said Williams.
McCall's police chief credits Hamilton with helping to end the ATM spree, but Hamilton says he did what anyone would do -- the right thing.
"To know that I could contribute in stopping someone and bringing a guy like that to justice, it's just fantastic," said Hamilton.