There were four of them, three brothers and a sister, who decided to raise some cash by robbing a pair of businesses in the Washington, D.C., area, one a convenience store and the other a bank.
In the early morning hours of May 14, 2014, the siblings rode in the sister’s car to a convenience store at a gas station in Silver Spring, Maryland. They entered the establishment and robbed the attendant of about $158 and fled back to the District of Columbia.
The next day the family targeted the Colombo Bank in Washington. The three brothers entered the bank while their sister waited inside her vehicle. The brothers robbed the teller of approximately $800 before dashing to the waiting car. In fleeing the scene, they dropped the money.
It didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to track down the group. When all was said and done, a judge sentenced Alex Alexander, 22, to 36 months in prison. Alvin Alexander, 24, got 39 months, and Allante Alexander, 20, is going away for 36 months. Sister Allesha Alexander, 25, will do 20 months. After serving their prison terms, they will be on three years of supervised release. The judge also ordered them to pay $958 in restitution.
In other banking news:
- In October 2014, a man entered the BBVA Compass Bank at the Galleria Mall in Houston, Texas. He approached a teller, reached into his jacket and flashed a handgun. He then demanded cash in the form of $100, $50 and $20 bills from the teller. He took the cash, said “thank you” and left the bank. Surveillance captured his image and he was later located with the help of Crime Stoppers. Emiliano Trevino, 25, of Houston, is charged with aggravated bank robbery and brandishing a firearm. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison for the robbery and an additional seven years for carrying the firearm.
- Career criminal Tavares Keith will spend 19 and one half years in prison for the armed robbery of a BB&T Bank in Riverdale, Georgia. On March 10, 2014, Keith entered the bank wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt and a black ski mask. He pointed a loaded .40-caliber handgun at the bank manager’s stomach and yelled, “Give me all the money!” When the manager said he did not have any money, Keith went to the teller counter and demanded cash. While Keith pointed his weapon at the bank tellers, the bank manager ran into his office and called the police. Keith ran from the bank with approximately $4,140. Police arrived quickly and gave chase on foot. They caught him after a short pursuit and recovered all the money. Keith had been previously convicted of multiple crimes, including at least four felonies.