High school star who robbed armoured car of $400,000 near Seattle sent to jail
A former Washington State high school star who meticulous plotted an elaborate robbery of an armoured car and then went on a wild spending spree is going to jail for 6 years.
Anthony Curcio, 28, of Monroe, Washington, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court for robbing an armored car in Monroe on September 30, 2008.
Curcio, a former star athlete in high school, who earned college scholarships in basketball and football, meticulously planned the robbery over nearly a year.
“He hen then went on a wild spending spree following the robbery and was arrested in a new Range Rover following a shopping spree at an outlet mall,” authorities said.
Judge James Robart described the crime as fitting of the type of things seen in the movies similar to the Thomas Crown Affair.
However, Robart stated there was nothing “dashing” about this crime. He was equally troubled with Curcio’s novel idea of using Craigslist to have others show up dressed like himself, similar to the Thomas Crown Affair.
According to records filed in the case, Curcio first hatched the idea of robbing an armored car while working for his parent’s landscaping company at the Nakamura Courthouse in downtown Seattle.
As his money troubles worsened, Curcio, targeted an armored car making deliveries to the Bank of America branch in Monroe, Washington.
He studied the deliveries and the best ways to escape following the robbery.
He manufactured a disguise with clothing that could be easily removed, and even strung a cable in a nearby creek so that he could use an inflatable raft and pull himself down the creek away from the scene of the robbery.
Curcio put an ad on Craigslist offering a potential job for people showing up in the vicinity of the bank dressed as he planned to be dressed at the time of the robbery. The idea was to have a number of similarly dressed people in the area of the bank at the time of the robbery.
On the day of the robbery, he wore a wig, face mask and the tear away clothing as he pretended to be a landscaper spraying weeds outside the bank. When the armored car arrived he sprayed the delivery person in the face with mace and stole a bag of money with some $400,000.
He discarded his wig, face mask and hat and made his escape on an inflatable raft. Following the robberyhe took his buddies and girlfriend on an expensive trip to Las Vegas and purchased numerous luxury items.
Even as he spent the stolen money, the FBI and Monroe Police were on his trail. A homeless man had seen Curcio at one of his “dry runs,” picking up a wig and mask and other items from near a dumpster at the bank a couple of week before the robbery.
The man reported Curcio’s license plate number to police. The car was registered to his wife. Authorities then retrieved a drink bottle with a sample of DNA and compared it to the DNA from the face mask and wig discarded a short distance from the scene of the robbery. The DNA from the bottle matched the DNA from the items left at the scene.
Some $220,000 of the stolen money was recovered following the suspect’s arrest on November 25, 2008. He pleaded guilty on May 5, 2009.
Monroe Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce Miyake.