Group Responsible for ATM Thefts Sentenced
Anchorage, Alaska - Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that, on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, the group responsible for ATM thefts at several Anchorage banks were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.
Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess sentenced Adrian Turnbow, Christi Cozzetti, Jerd Thacker, and Jordan Cook for their roles in ATM thefts from banks in early 2017. All had previously pleaded guilty to the crime of possession of stolen bank property.
Turnbow used front end loaders stolen from local construction sites to remove ATMs from Anchorage banks. Turnbow was involved in thefts or attempted thefts that occurred at an Alaska USA branch on Dec. 25, 2016, at Denali Federal Credit Union on Feb. 6, and at two First National Bank branches on March 1, and March 6, 2017.
Cozzetti, Thacker, and Cook participated in the March 1, 2017, theft. On that date, Turnbow used a front end loader to remove an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) from a First National Bank branch located near the intersection of Old Seward Highway and Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage. Turnbow then contacted Jerd Thacker, who assisted him in transporting the ATM to the Wasilla area. While Turnbow was inside a heavy equipment rental business in Wasilla, Thacker stole Turnbow’s truck that contained the stolen ATM, then he, Cozzetti, and Thacker travelled to Big Lake where they attempted to open the ATM.
Adrian Turnbow, 26, of Anchorage, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. In addition, Turnbow was ordered to pay a total of $452,933 in restitution to the following businesses: Alaska Federal Credit Union, Titan LLC, Denali Federal Credit Union, BC Excavating, and First National Bank. Turnbow also agreed to abandon any interest he had in a blue Chevrolet truck that was purchased with money from one of the stolen ATMs and was used to facilitate the theft of another ATM. Judge Burgess noted at Turnbow’s sentencing that his crimes were serious and caused ripples of problems across the community, as customers could not use the ATMs at their banks and banks lost customers.
Cristi Cozzetti, 29, of Anchorage, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and 200 hours of community work service. Judge Burgess noted at Cozzetti’s sentencing that she had a “terrible” criminal history and that this sentence would protect the public from her future crimes.
Jerd Thacker, 28, of Anchorage, was sentenced to 12 months and one-day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and 200 hours of community work service. Thacker and others possessed a stolen ATM on March 1, 2017, and attempted to open it after it had been stolen from an Anchorage bank by Turnbow. Judge Burgess noted that there was “no honor among thieves” with regard to Thacker stealing Turnbow’s truck that he knew contained a stolen ATM.
Jordan Cook, 29, of Anchorage, was sentenced to seven months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and 200 hours of community work service.
Judge Burgess ordered community work service as a condition for Cozzetti, Thacker, and Cook so they may contribute something positive to the community after they have served their sentences.
Acting U.S. Attorney Schroder commended the diligence and hard work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Anchorage Police Department, and the Alaska State Troopers for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Turnbow, Cozzetti, Thacker, and Cook.