Wednesday , November 23, 2016 - 3:22 PM4 comments
OGDEN — After unsuccessfully trying to steal an ATM from a credit union lobby, three people plotted to use a stun gun to rob an ATM technician instead, investigators say.
An informant alerted authorities on Oct. 30 to a plan to hit an America First Credit Union branch in Plain City early on Halloween morning, Utah Attorney General’s Office Special Agent Nathan Mutter said in charging documents filed in 2nd District Court.
The informant then participated in the failed credit union heist, which was under surveillance by authorities, documents said. The tipster later told police about a subsequent plot to attack an ATM worker with a Taser, steal his keys and take cash from the machine..
Agents obtained warrants and arrested the trio before the Taser scheme could be carried out, the documents said.
The suspects are Kacy Peterson, 48, of Brigham City; his girlfriend, Ashlee Hales, 34, of Ogden; and Rainier Such, 31, of Riverdale.
Judge W. Brent West signed arrest warrants Nov. 7 and the three were arrested Nov. 10, court records show. They are being held in the Weber County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail each.
All three are charged with two enhanced counts of first-degree felony aggravated robbery, two counts of theft and one count of burglary. The enhancements carry sentences of 10 years to life in prison upon conviction. Prosecutors are seeking the tougher penalties because of the alleged intent to cause serious injury to an ATM technician during a robbery.
While Such and Hales acted as lookouts, Peterson and the informant entered the credit union lobby, intending to steal the ATM machine, the probable cause statement said. The machine is worth $17,500 and held up to $86,000 in cash, the document said.
“Loud clanking noises can be heard while the two are trying to move the ATM,” Mutter wrote. “The ATM did not move and the two left the lobby empty-handed.”
The four regrouped Nov. 3 and Peterson and Such came up with the Taser plan, the document said.
Such had some ATM machines in his house, where he trained Peterson on how to access them, the document said. Such also knew an ATM technician, whom they decided to target, it said.
Peterson recently bought a Taser at a local gun show and the conspirators agreed to drop off Peterson near the repairman during an ATM service call, the document said. After stunning the man, Peterson would take his keys, clear cash out of the machine, then leave with the man’s keys, phone and service vehicle.
Hales appeared in court on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and plead not guilty. A pretrial conference is set for Dec. 20 before Judge Scott Hadley. Peterson and Such also appeared. They each have a preliminary hearing Nov. 30 before Hadley.
Peterson and Hales were assigned public defenders. Randall Richards, representing Such, said Wednesday the man disputes the claims and plans to plead not guilty.
Peterson has been out on bail pending proceedings in a Seventh District Court case in which he is charged with burglary, theft and criminal conspiracy. Charging documents say items taken in a Vernal-area break-in were pawned in Roy by an acquaintance of Peterson who later admitted participating in the burglary.
Assistant Attorney General Gregory Ferbrache and attorney general’s spokesman Daniel Burton declined to comment on the case.
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