March 5, 2010 in City

ATM thief gets prison term

The Spokesman-Review
 

A longtime felon will serve about two years in prison for a rash of ATM thefts in early 2009.

Keith G. Simpson, 44, was sentenced to 25 months in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of first-degree theft and one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary.

The plea deal approved Tuesday mandates drug addiction treatment in prison and dropped 15 additional burglary, theft and malicious mischief charges.

Simpson already is serving 27 months for various property crimes.

The charges are connected to a January 2009 crime spree in which Simpson and his alleged accomplice, Christopher S. Carden, 36, crashed vehicles into storefronts, then towed away the cash-laden ATMs. Carden is in jail awaiting trial.

Along with Simpson and Carden, Mychal L. Wahl, 20, is charged with three counts of first-degree theft for alleged ATM heists at Five Mile Heights Pizza and the Double Dribble Tavern.

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