Anchorage men found guilty of 2018 Credit Union 1 robbery
Two Anchorage men are facing federal prison time for robbing Credit Union 1's Eureka Street branch in March 2018, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schorder's office.
A jury found 30-year-old John Pierce and 46-year-old Michael Wayne Moore guilty of conspiracy to commit credit union robbery, armed robbery of a credit union and brandishing a firearm to advance the robbery.
Evidence showed Pierce entered the Credit Union 1 branch on March 13, 2018, wearing a light-colored mask, carrying a handgun with a laser sight attached and a black gym bag. He waved the gun as he demanded and took $15,000 from multiple tellers.
Pierce then ran from the credit union toward a nearby parking lot where Moore was waiting in a red sedan. Moore then drove away from the scene.
The Anchorage Police Department and the FBI identified Moore as the getaway driver almost immediately by using surveillance footage. They got a partial license plate and learned that the vehicle was a Chevrolet Lumina, authorities say.
The FBI and APD identified Pierce through cell phone location tracking and other investigative techniques.
Schroder's office says Moore denied knowing about the robbery but claimed he was in the area transporting narcotics. A search for the getaway vehicle, however, found that it was linked to the credit union robbery.
Moore had three prior bank robbery convictions in Alaska.
Pierce and Moore face a maximum of 25 years in federal prison with an additional seven years for brandishing a firearm.
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