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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Alaska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 16, 2018

Anchorage Woman Sentenced to 105 Months in Federal Prison for Committing Three Bank Robberies Last May

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Jennifer Marie Trengove, 41, of Anchorage, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to serve 105 months in federal prison for committing three bank robberies in Anchorage last May.  Trengove previously pleaded guilty in August 2017 to three counts of bank robbery.

According to court documents, Trengove robbed three different branches of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union during a spree between May 24 and May 26, 2017.  Trengove committed the robberies at the E. Dimond Blvd. branch on May 24, at the E. Northern Lights Blvd. branch on May 25, and at the Hartzell Road branch on May 26.  At each robbery, Trengove walked up to a teller station and presented a demand note to the teller.  It was later determined by law enforcement officers that Trengove had not been carrying a firearm during the robberies. 

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Burgess noted that Trengove had a long history of committing serious crimes dating back to when she was 13 years old.  The previous convictions included a 2012 federal conviction for bank robbery in Oregon.  Judge Burgess also noted that Trengove had a long history of substance abuse and mental health issues, and had been through multiple treatment programs, which had not prevented her from continuing to commit more crimes to support her drug dependency issues.  Judge Burgess commented that there was little he could do at this point other than to protect the public by sentencing Trengove to a lengthy prison sentence.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Anchorage Police Department (APD) conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of this case.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph W. Bottini.

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Updated April 16, 2018