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Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for ATM Robbery Spree in Summer 2013

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

Dickerson and Co-Defendant Perpetuated in Scheme to Rob Employees
Making ATM Deposits on Behalf of their Business Employers

ALBUQUERQUE – Kelvin L. Dickerson, 36, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon to 121 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction for robbing businesses engaged in interstate commerce.

Dickerson and his co-defendant, Dominique Dickens, 29, also of Albuquerque, were arrested in Dec. 2013, on an eight-count indictment charging them with conspiracy and seven Hobbs Act robberies.  According to the indictment, between June 2013 and early Sept. 2013, Dickerson and Dickens engaged in a scheme to rob employees of businesses engaged in interstate commerce in Bernalillo County, N.M.  Dickens would drive Dickerson to automatic teller machines (ATMs) where Dickerson would rob individuals who were making deposits.  Dickens would pick Dickerson up after he committed the robberies and drive him away.

On July 2, 2014, Dickerson entered a guilty plea to the indictment and admitted that he and his co-defendant conspired to rob individuals who were making deposits into ATMs between June 28, 2013 and Sept. 5, 2013.  Dickerson also admitted robbing seven individuals during that time period.  The victims of Dickerson’s criminal conduct were employed by One Main Financial, Loan Max Title Loans, Church’s Chicken, National Insurance, Sonic and Radio Shack, all of which are businesses engaged in interstate commerce.

Dickens pled guilty to a conspiracy charge and three Hobbs Act robbery charges on Aug. 6, 2014.  In entering her guilty plea, Dickens admitted conspiring with Dickerson to interfere with interstate commerce by robbing individuals who were making deposits at ATMs on behalf of their business employers.  Dickens specifically admitted aiding and abetting Dickerson in robbing the victims by driving him to the vicinity of the ATMs and then driving him away from the crime scenes on three occasions.  Dickens faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison on each charge to which she pleaded guilty.  She remains in custody pending her sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for Dec. 16, 2014.

This case was brought as part of a law enforcement initiative launched in July 2012, by the FBI’s Violent Crimes and Major Offender Squad and the Albuquerque Police Department’s Armed Robbery Unit that targets suspects implicated in commercial armed robberies.  This initiative is part of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for federal prosecution.  Under the worst of the worst anti-violence initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico’s District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to target violent or repeat offenders for federal prosecution with the goal of removing repeat offenders from our communities for as long as possible.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jon K. Stanford.

Updated January 26, 2015