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“Red Handed” Serial Bank Robber Sentenced to 12 1/2 Years Imprisonment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jeffrey C. Mazanec, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Paul O’Connell, Chief, Wilton Manors Police Department, announced that defendant Cedrick Shivers, 47, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was sentenced today to 151 months in prison followed by three years supervised release on charges of bank robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a).

According to documents filed and statements made in court, on February 3, 2012, Shivers entered a bank in Wilton Manors, Florida. Shivers approached the teller and presented a hand written note telling the teller that this was a robbery, not to active any silent alarms and not to provide him with any dye packs. Shivers’ note also instructed the teller to give him only $50 and $100 bills and warned that if the teller did not comply, his accomplice would bomb the building.

After Shivers fled the bank, a Wilton Manors Police officer observed Shivers driving away at a high rate of speed. The officer also observed red smoke in the passenger compartment of Shivers’ vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The officer also saw red dye-stained money on the front driver’s seat of the vehicle and red dye stains on Shivers’ white t-shirt. The officer then recovered the demand note from the driver’s side floor board of the vehicle.

After his arrest, Shivers told officers that “you got me red handed,” which was a reference to the residual red dye on his hands. Shivers stated that he had cased the bank since November 2011 and that on one occasion he entered the bank and inquired about opening a new account. Shivers admitted to writing a demand note.

At the sentencing hearing, the Court found that Shivers was a career offender and robbed other South Florida banks on multiple prior occasions.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and Wilton Manors Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Katz.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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