E. Anchorage Wells Fargo easy target, accused robber says
A man accused of robbing it says one bank in east Anchorage is particularly susceptible to bank robberies, according to an affidavit filed related to his case.
Derrick Anthony Moore and Bethany McKeel have each been charged with bank robbery in connection with the April 3 crime at the Wells Fargo branch in the 5700 block of Debarr Road. The bank was robbed by two men, one armed with a gun. McKeel is accused of driving the stolen getaway car.
According to the affidavit, Moore wasn't carrying the gun during the robbery-- he was carrying a small black and blue bag, which authorities say was used to carry the more than $15,000 that was stolen in the hold-up.
The other suspect, described as a 5-foot-7 to a 5-foot-9-tall man with a medium build, has not yet been charged.
Both male suspects fled the bank through the front door and ran northbound, across the parking lot and towards a trail that leads to a cul-de-sac in a residential neighborhood, authorities allege.
According to the affidavit, both men were spotted by witnesses climbing into a green SUV, possibly a Tahoe or Yukon, with a sticker that read, "HE>I" on the back.
The next afternoon, an Anchorage Police officer found the vehicle, a GMC Denali, abandoned in a parking lot in the 7800 block of Betnu Circle. On the back window was a sticker matching the description given by the witness the day before.
In the vehicle, APD found a pair of sweatpants matching the description of the taller suspect, Moore, in the bank robbery. Also in the vehicle was a camouflage jacket and black latex gloves, several bills of currency, a black jacket, clothes, a facemask, a replica pistol and counterfeit money, and two bright green bandanas. The bandanas were referenced in a previous robbery, where the suspect was said to also be wearing a camouflage jacket.
APD says the previous robbery occurred on Wednesday, March 28, at the Holiday gas station in the 1400 block of Bragaw Street around 3 in the morning. APD would not comment if they're investigating the link between the recovered bandannas and the robbery of the gas station.
The Denali had been reported stolen, the affidavit states, on March 28 around 3 p.m.
Witnesses near Betnu Circle told authorities they saw a black male and a white female stuffing items into a garbage bag before parking the car and leaving it behind.
"Through the use of a confidential human source the FBI obtained statements that were audio and video recorded of Moore and McKeel talking about their involvement in the Wells Fargo bank robbery that occurred on 4/3/2018," the affidavit reads.
"It's really easy n***** you just give the note to the teller," Moore says on the recording, according to the affidavit. "Once I put the bag in their face and told them to give me all of it it was a wrap."
Moore allegedly continued about how that location was easy because of the trail that backs up to the neighborhood and because the first teller is close to the door.
On April 25, authorities learned Moore and McKeel were residing at a premises on P Street, where they were later arrested. The FBI applied for and received a search warrant for that location, where they found counterfeit currency and electronic devices used to produce counterfeit currency inside the bedroom the couple shared, the affidavit alleges. The FBI says the counterfeit cash found in the bedroom is consistent with what they found in the getaway car, too. Two replica pistols were also found inside the bedroom.
Monday, Wells Fargo announced a $5000 reward for the identification, arrest and conviction of the parties involved in the April 3 robbery.
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