Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to ATM Robbery Spree in Summer 2013
Defendant Admits Robbing Employees Making ATM Deposits on Behalf of Their Business Employers
|U.S. Attorney’s Office July 02, 2014|
ALBUQUERQUE—Kelvin L. Dickerson, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to committing a series of robberies in the summer of 2013.
Dickerson and his co-defendant, Dominique Dickens, also of Albuquerque, were arrested in Dec. 2013, on an eight-count indictment charging them with conspiracy and seven Hobbs Act robberies. According to the indictment, between June 2013 and early Sept. 2013, Dickerson and Dickens allegedly engaged in a scheme to rob employees of business engaged in interstate commerce in Bernalillo County, N.M. Dickens allegedly would drive Dickerson to automatic teller machines (ATMs) where Dickerson would rob individuals who were making deposits. Dickens allegedly would pick Dickerson up after he committed the robberies and drive him away.
Today Dickenson entered a guilty plea to the indictment and admitted that he and his co-defendant conspired to rob individuals who were making deposits into ATMs between June 28, 2013 and Sept. 5, 2013. Dickenson also admitted robbing seven individuals during that time period. The victims of Dickenson’s criminal conduct were employed by One Main Financial, Loan Max Title Loans, Church’s Chicken, National Insurance, Sonic and Radio Shack, all of which are businesses engaged in interstate commerce.
At sentencing, Dickenson faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years for each of the eight charges. Dickenson remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.
His co-defendant, Dickens, has entered a not guilty plea and remains on conditions of release pending trial, which has yet to be scheduled. Charges in an indictment are merely accusations and Dickens is presumed innocent unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was brought as part of a law enforcement initiative launched in July 2012, by the FBI’s Violent Crimes and Major Offender Squad and the Albuquerque Police Department’s Armed Robbery Unit that targets suspects implicated in commercial armed robberies. This initiative is part of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for federal prosecution. Under the worst of the worst anti-violence initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico’s District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to target violent or repeat offenders for federal prosecution with the goal of removing repeat offenders from our communities for as long as possible.
This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jon K. Stanford.