Kearney Credit Union Robbery Suspect Sentenced
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced the sentencing of one of the men responsible for the October 17, 2014, robbery of the Kearney Eaton Employees Credit Union. On Friday, February 12, 2016, Senior United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf sentenced Patrick Wigley to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons for 212 months (17.6 years) for his involvement in the robbery. On January 5, 2016, Judge Kopf sentenced a co-defendant, Thomas Dunlap, to the Bureau of Prisons for 136 months (11.3 years) for his involvement in the robbery. As part of the sentences, Dunlap and Wigley were also ordered to pay restitution of $122,891.15.
On October 17, 2014, Dunlap and Wigley, dressed in work clothes and wearing white hard hats, entered the Kearney Eaton Employees Credit Union. Dunlap brandished what employees believed to be a small caliber revolver, and Dunlap and Wigley jumped over the teller counter, gathered the credit union employees into an interior office, had them lay face down on the floor and bound their hands with zip ties. Dunlap and Wigley then emptied one teller’s drawer and took the money from the drawer, together with money from the vault, totaling $122,891.15 and left the premises.
A third co-defendant, Clifton Hudson, is awaiting trial.
This case was investigated by the Kearney Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, the Nebraska State Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.