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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Georgia

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Gainesville Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Robbing the Habersham Federal Credit Union

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Mitchell Logan Reeves has been sentenced to eight years and eight months in federal prison for robbing the Homer, Georgia, branch of the Habersham Federal Credit Union on July 30, 2015.

 

“Reeves pointed a fully loaded firearm at the face of a credit union teller and demanded all the money that was in her teller drawer,” said U. S. Attorney John Horn. “Outstanding deputies from the Banks County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation quickly apprehended Reeves and recovered the money that he stole. We hope this sentence restores the sense of safety to the bank employees and members of the community”

 

“The FBI commends the prompt actions of the responding deputies of the Banks County Sheriff’s Department that set in motion the quick and safe capture of this armed robber. The sentencing of Mr. Reeves to federal prison will afford him time to not only reflect on his extremely poor choices leading up to and including his actions involving the July, 2015 armed robbery of the Habersham Federal Credit Union, but also the significant emotional trauma that he inflicted on the victim teller that day,” said David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office

 

“This conviction illustrates the great work of law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting armed robberies in Georgia. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation remains committed to working with our local and federal partners to pursue these vicious crimes,” said Vernon Keenan, Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

“This case is an excellent example of just how critical it is to have an unrestricted line of communication between agencies in order to produce an efficient and successful conviction. I am exceptionally pleased with the assistance received from all agencies and the amount of professionalism put into each and every step of this investigation and prosecution,” said Sheriff Carlton Speed, Banks County Sheriff’s Department.

 

According to U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges and other information presented in court: On July 30, 2015, Reeves entered the Homer branch of the Habersham Federal Credit Union wearing a black mask and tan hat. He walked up to the lone teller working in the branch at the time, pointed a firearm directly at her face, and demanded that she give him all the money in her teller drawer. The teller gave Reeves $1,729.00. After receiving the money, Reeves fled.

 

Witnesses observed Reeves run into a wooded area near the credit union office. Banks County Sheriff’s Office deputies set up a perimeter around the wooded area and Reeves was arrested within a short time. In the wooded area, law enforcement officers located the black mask, tan hat, and other clothing Reeves wore during the robbery, as well as a fully loaded Smith and Wesson .9 mm handgun and the $1,729.00 taken during the robbery.

 

Mitchell Logan Reeves, 24, of Gainesville, Georgia, was sentenced to eight years, eight months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Reeves pleaded guilty on March 29, 2016, to charges that he robbed the credit union and that he used a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

 

This case was investigated by the Banks County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney William L. McKinnon, Jr. prosecuted the case.

 

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated March 17, 2017