KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Houston, Texas man was convicted today in federal court of stealing more than $230,000 from ATMs in Kansas City, Mo., and Allen Park, Michigan.
Deandre J. Gilliam, 20, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to three years and one month in federal prison without the possibility of parole. The court also ordered Gilliam to pay $218,835 in restitution to JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA
On January 6, Gilliam pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting bank robbery. He also pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the possession and concealment of stolen money from a bank, a case transferred from the Eastern District of Michigan.
Gilliam admitted that he and his co-conspirators broke in and stole $150,200 from the Chase Bank ATM located at 1614 E. 63rd Street in Kansas City, Mo. on March 6, 2020. Gilliam and his co-conspirators left Houston around 5 p.m. on March 5, 2020 and traveled to Kansas City in three vehicles. Between midnight and 4:30 a.m. on March 6, 2020, they stole a Ford F-250 pickup truck that was parked on the street in Fairway, Kansas, to use in their ATM robbery. They used their cell phones to search for a suitable ATM.
At approximately 5:30 a.m. on March 6, 2020, four conspirators (wearing clothing that completely covered their faces and bodies) used tools to break into the ATM. The truck then backed up to the ATM and two chains were attached to the ATM. The truck then accelerated away from the ATM and forcibly separated the ATM’s inner casing. The conspirators removed canisters of cash from the ATM, got back into the truck, and drove off. As the conspirators in the truck broke into the ATM, others assisted by sitting in a nearby getaway vehicle and carrying out a counter-surveillance of police vehicles. Investigators later found the truck abandoned, with the tow chains still attached, near the Citadel apartments.
Gilliam and his co-conspirators returned from Kansas City to Houston. Law enforcement officers, who used a traffic camera to obtain the getaway vehicle’s license plate number, were able to track their return journey. Officers intercepted the vehicles on the outskirts of Houston and attempted to stop the vehicles. One of the vehicles stopped immediately, but the other two vehicles fled the officers and a high-speed chase ensued. One of the fleeing vehicles crashed and its occupants were arrested.
The occupants of the third vehicle, including Gilliam, eventually abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. While fleeing from the police, Gilliam picked up a red Spiderman backpack that had been dropped by one of his co-conspirators. Gilliam was still in possession of the backpack, which contained $72,385 stolen from the bank’s ATM, when he was arrested.
On June 2, 2021, Gilliam traveled from Houston to the Detroit, Michigan area. On June 3, 2021, Gilliam and his co-conspirators worked together to force their way into an ATM located outside the Chase Bank branch in Allen Park, Michigan. Gilliam and his co-conspirators used a stolen Ford F250 pickup truck, hooks, chains and pliers to break into the ATM and steal approximately $80,240.
Gilliam and his co-conspirators transported the stolen money to a rental house about eight miles away in Detroit. Later that same day, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at this residence, where Gilliam and four co-conspirators were found. Officers found $71,238 in stolen cash concealed in various locations around the home. They also found the tools and clothing used to break into the ATM.
Two of Gilliams’ co-defendants have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced, and two co-defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorneys Brent Venneman and Leigh Farmakidis. He was investigated by the FBI, the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department, the Houston, Texas Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Montgomery County, Texas, the Sheriff’s Department, the Montgomery County, Texas, Constable, the Detroit, Michigan, Police Department and Allen Park, Michigan, Police Department.