EAST ST. LOUIS — Steve M. Dodson, 45, of Collinsville, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 6 1/2 years in prison on two counts of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and two counts of bank robbery in connection with the robbery of Fairmount Village Credit Union in September 2012 and the robbery of Scott Credit Union in May 2013, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said in a press release.
Following his prison sentence, Dodson will be on federal supervised release for three years. Dodson also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $112,933. Dodson has been in custody since June 23, 2014.
Court documents establish that on Sept. 19, 2012, Dodson’s co-conspirator, William Hunter, entered the Fairmount Village Credit Union in Fairmount City wearing a bandana covering his face, threated the teller, and demanded money. The teller placed $11,401 in a brown bag and Hunter left the credit union. Investigation revealed that prior to the robbery, Dodson made a false 911 call for the purposes of diverting police resources away from the bank robbery. Dodson received half of the proceeds for his participation in the robbery.
Court documents also show that on May 24, 2013, two employees of Scott Credit Union in O’Fallon were filling the outside ATM with money when Dodson approached them wearing a flesh-colored mask and told them he had a gun. Dodson demanded they step away from the money, at which time he took the three containers of U.S. currency and fled on foot. Dodson was picked up a short distance from the Scott Credit Union by his wife, Denise Dodson, who has also been charged with the bank robbery. Dodson and his wife obtained $100,000 from the robbery of Scott Credit Union.
Hunter had previously pleaded guilty in a companion state-court prosecution.
Denise Dodson’s case is pending.
The case was investigated by the O’Fallon Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Summers.