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Serial ATM thief gets 5 years in prison

A Las Vegas man who stole $124,000 from ATM machines around the West, including in Spokane Valley, was sentenced today to more than five years in prison.

Clarence Edward Lancaster, 57, admitted to 21 ATM thefts in Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Oregon and Arizona between June 2012 and January 2013. He stole $124,000 in cash and caused nearly $92,000 in damage to ATMs, buildings and equipment.

U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge in Boise sentence Lancaster to 63 months in prison, three years of post-sentence supervised release and $222,305 in restitution.

Lancaster said he hit four ATMs in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area in September 2012, resulting in the theft of $26,780 from ATMs at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center in Spokane Valley and $25,913 in ATM damages at the fairgrounds, Spokane Community College and North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene.

He was apprehended in January 2013 for a burglary on the campus of Eastern Arizona College northeast of Tucson. Lancaster pled guilty to one count of bank larceny for stealing an ATM from the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho, in July 2012. As part of a plea agreement, he admitted to 21 ATM thefts in all.

The case was investigated by the FBI and several city and campus police departments in Idaho.

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