U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
October 9, 2012
Fall River Man 2nd to Plead Guilty to Federal Bank Robbery, Firearm Charges in West Greenwich Bank Robbery
Craig Carey of Fall River and Louis Peters of Vermont face up to life in federal prison
for bounding and robbing bank employees at gunpoint
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Craig A. Carey, 43, of Fall River, Mass., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to federal conspiracy, bank robbery and firearm charges, admitting that he and a co-defendant bound and held employees of a West Greenwich, R.I., bank at gunpoint and robbed the bank of approximately $82,000 in May 2011.
Carey pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy, bank robbery, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He faces up to life in federal prison when he is sentenced on January 17, 2013, by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith.
Louis R. Peters III, 23, of West Topsham, Vt., pleaded guilty on January 25, 2012, to one count each of conspiracy, bank robbery and carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Peters faces a sentence of up to life in federal prison. Peters’ sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Carey’s guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha; West Greenwich Police Chief Richard N. Ramsay; Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; and Richard Deslauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office.
Carey and Peters admitted to the court that on May 28, 2011, they accosted the manager of the Centreville Savings Bank branch office on Victory Highway at gunpoint as the manager prepared to enter the bank. Once inside the bank, Carey and Peters detained and bound other employees as they entered the bank and then robbed the bank of approximately $82,000.
Shortly after Carey and Peters fled the bank, two West Greenwich police officers and a Rhode Island State Police trooper located Peters sitting in a vehicle parked behind a nearby building, and Carey who was walking a short distance away. Both men have been detained since their arrest.
The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen G. Dambruch, Sandra R. Hebert and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth P. Madden.
The matter was investigated by West Greenwich Police, Rhode Island State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.