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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Raytown Man Indicted for Using Plastic Replica Gun to Rob Credit Union

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Raytown, Mo., man who used a plastic replica handgun was indicted by a federal grand jury today for robbing Community America Credit Union.


Stephen McCrary, 55, of Raytown, was charged with stealing $3,815 from Community America Credit Union in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against McCrary on Sept. 8, 2016, which charged him with the same offense.


According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, McCrary entered the Community America Credit Union located in Research Medical Center, 2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, at approximately 3:10 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2015. McCrary asked a teller for change for a $100 bill and placed a white plastic bag on the counter. McCrary allegedly pulled a black handgun part way out of the bag and told the teller he wanted “all the money in the drawer.” (The handgun was later determined to be a plastic replica.) The teller gave him the money from her top drawer, the affidavit says, and he also demanded some $100 bills and a bag of Susan B. Anthony commemorative gold coins (approximately $68 worth) that were in a ziplock bag in the teller drawer.


Following the robbery, a description of the suspect was broadcast to hospital security officers. A security officer saw McCrary jog across Meyer Boulevard, the affidavit says, then start walking south on Park Avenue. Another security officer approached McCrary and detained him until Kansas City police officers arrived and arrested him.


At the time of his arrest, the affidavit says, McCrary was carrying two plastic bags. Inside the bags, officers found a black plastic replica handgun, articles of clothing that matched the description of the thief (including latex gloves and a bandana), and $3,815 (including Susan B. Anthony coins).


Dickinson cautioned that the charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Moeder. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

Violent Crimes
Updated September 20, 2016