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  • DES MOINES, Iowa (9/13/12)--A suspect in two robberies of the same Des Moines, Iowa-based credit union last month was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Des Moines police after a short pursuit in which he crashed his car into a post and tried to flee the scene (Des Moines Register Sept. 12). Keith A. Schwartz, 41, of Des Moines has been charged in the Aug. 1 and Aug. 29 robberies of Edco Community CU. An officer tried to pull Schwartz's vehicle over around 2 p.m. Tuesday, but the driver fled and was chased 10 blocks before losing control of the car. Schwartz was treated for injuries at a local hospital. He is charged with two counts of second degree robbery, eluding, failure to maintain control and driving without a license or insurance …
  • PORTLAND, Maine (9/13/12)--Paul Garland, 27, of Oakland, Maine, was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday in a federal court in Portland for allegedly robbing a credit union while wielding a knife.  The robbery occurred in June 2009 at the Skowhegan branch of the Winslow-based Taconnet FCU. Garland was also ordered to pay $9,147 in restitution and undergo five years of supervised release after the prison term (Portland Press Herald Sept. 11) …
  • ROHNERT PARK, Calif. (9/13/12)--An Oakley,Calif., woman has been arrested in Rohnert Park, Calif., on suspicion of opening at least five bank accounts using stolen identities, including trying to open up accounts on two consecutive days at a Rohnert Park credit union. Denise Michelle Hankins, also known as Denise Wagoner, 42, was arrested at a hotel where police allegedly confiscated a briefcase with stolen IDs, counterfeit checks, forged documents and stolen mail (The Press Democrat Sept. 10).  Hankins has served time in prison for mail and identity theft and is under investigation by police in Petaluma, Calistoga and Brentwood. She has been charged with suspected identity theft, burglary and forgery …


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