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Buffalo Man Sentenced For His Role In Credit Union Robbery

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Carl Wilson, 38, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of aggravated bank robbery, was sentenced to serve 72 months in prison and pay restitution totaling $148,793.90 by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who handled the case, stated that on October 31, 2019, co-defendant Adrian Applewhite entered the Clarence Community and School Federal Credit Union on Sheridan Drive in Clarence, NY, approached the teller and asked whether the credit union had an ATM. Applewhite’s sole purpose was to “case” the credit union and facilitate a future effort to rob it. On November 7, 2019, Carl Wilson, and co-defendant Ronald Morris, armed with a pistol and donning masks and gloves, entered the credit union, and conducted a bank robbery while Applewhite, the getaway driver, sat in a car nearby. Wilson and Morris ordered all the employees to the ground and demanded money. Wilson went behind the teller line and went through teller’s drawers. Morris went to the vault. A total of $148,793.90 in United States currency was taken.

Ronald Morris and Adrian Applewhite were previously convicted.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eugene Staniszewski; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia; the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Packard; the Evans Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gregory Szarowicz; and the Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction of Chief James P. Stauffiger.

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Barbara Burns


Updated May 26, 2023

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