A 25-year-old man was in custody Tuesday, accused of robbing two South Anchorage credit unions in a week's time, according to the FBI.
Agents say Cameron Fergerson first robbed the Credit Union 1 at 1941 Abbot Road on Feb. 25, leaving with $1,600. Then, on March 1, he walked into a Credit Union 1 at 8935 Old Seward Highway, lingered and walked out. A half hour later, he stole $2,078 from the USA Federal Credit Union at 125 W. Dimond Blvd., according to an affidavit filed Monday.
After a series of interviews and review of bank surveillance videos, FBI special agent Benjamin Hallowell identified a series of similarities between the two robberies.
In both cases, Fergerson handed a note to the teller demanding money. At the Credit Union 1 his note read, "Give All The Money In the Drow (sic)" and in the second robbery he wrote "I want All the money 20s - 50s - 100 NOW." The suspect wore the same jacket, hooded sweatshirt, black gloves, black ball cap and reflective sunglasses in the robberies, the affidavit said.
On March 3 at 9 a.m., Hallowell received a call from an Anchorage police detective who said she saw bank surveillance videos released by the FBI and the suspect closely resembled a known-felon who she identified as Fergerson. She said Fergerson lived about two miles from Alaska USA and has an extensive criminal history of theft. Within 30 minutes, a juvenile justice officer from the McLaughlin Youth Center also called to say he recognized the man in the released photographs as Fergerson who had been arrested multiple times as a minor, the affidavit said.
That same day, Hallowell and another special agent from the FBI Anchorage division presented tellers and witnesses from all three credit unions with an unmarked photograph line-up. Three of the nine selected the photograph of Fergerson, the affidavit said.
At 7:45 p.m., Hallowell caught up with Fergerson awaiting transportation to the Anchorage Correctional Center. He'd been arrested by officers with the Anchorage Parole and Probation office for violating probation. Hallowell determined he "closely resembled" the suspect from the Alaska USA robbery.
Twice during the next two days, the FBI interviewed an unidentified associate of Fergerson. He told agents he'd met Fergerson in jail a year ago and explained to him how to rob banks. He was also with Fergerson when he was arrested on March 3. "Approximately three weeks prior to 03/05/2014 Fergerson asked him about his bank robbery, particularly details about how he used a note to rob the bank," the affidavit said.
Fergerson is in custody at the Anchorage jail. His appointed attorney, Scott Dattan, said a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 25, but he expects Fergerson will be indicted before then.
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By TEGAN HANLON