INDIANAPOLIS- Richard Gammon, 26, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to committing three bank robberies.
According to court documents, on December 17, 2020, Gammon entered a Fifth Third Bank on East 82nd Street in Indianapolis and approached the teller. Gammon showed the teller a cellphone with text on the screen that displayed words to the effect of “give me all the 100s and 50s in your drawer. No sudden moves. No alarms and no one will get hurt.” The teller complied and gave Gammon approximately $1,000 from the drawer.
On January 19, 2021, Gammon robbed the Regions Bank on 82nd Street in Indianapolis. Once again, Gammon showed the teller a cellphone with text on the screen that displayed words to the effect of “Give me all the money in the top drawer. Don’t trip any alarms or signal or message anyone.” The teller complied and gave Gammon $1,360 from the drawer.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department investigators determined the two robberies were likely committed by the same offender. Police later received two Crime-Stoppers tips identifying Gammon as the robbery suspect and began an investigation, which was joined by the FBI.
On the morning of April 11, 2021, Gammon entered the PNC Bank located on 96th street in Fishers, Indiana. Gammon asked the teller about opening an account, and then showed them his phone which displayed a message to the effect of “Give me 5000 dollars. All big bills. No alarm. No button.” The teller complied and gave Gammon $760.
Investigators were able to locate Gammon soon after the PNC Bank robbery, and followed him to his Castleton apartment building, where he was taken into custody. Investigators executed a search warrant at Gammons’ apartment and recovered some of the bills he stole that morning.
“Bank robbery is a very serious crime that carries very serious consequences,” said Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “The sentence imposed today demonstrates the commitment of federal and local law enforcement agencies to protect the public from repeat criminals like this defendant. I am grateful to the FBI, IMPD, and Fishers Police Department for their persistence in identifying this serial robber and holding him accountable.”
“This sentence is the culmination of the investigative collaboration between agencies to ensure that this violent individual was held fully accountable for his actions,” said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Herbert J. Stapleton. “It should send a clear message that robbing financial institutions in the state of Indiana will have one final outcome - a long sentence in federal prison.”
IMPD and FBI investigated this case with valuable assistance provided by the Fishers Police Department. The sentence was imposed by Chief U.S. District Court Judge, Tanya Walton Pratt. Judge Pratt also ordered that Gammon be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 3 years following his release from federal prison. Gammon must also pay restitution of $1,000 to Fifth Third Bank and $1,360 to Regions Bank.
U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Peter A. Blackett, who prosecuted this case.