SPOKANE — Cameron Len Gaunt, the former Chelan man who robbed three banks in central Washington, was sentenced Thursday to 96 months in prison.
Gaunt, 28, robbed a Bank of America branch in Omak last July 13, the Washington Trust Bank at 759 S. Wenatchee Ave. in Wenatchee on July 16, and another Washington Trust branch in Moses Lake on July 20. All told, he stole $13,000 from the three facilities. His face was recorded on security video.
No weapons were used in the three robberies. “It was just a note job,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Rice said. Gaunt handed the tellers notes and took the cash.
Shortly before the July 20 Moses Lake robbery, about 1:20 p.m., an informant called a Wenatchee Valley Crime Stoppers tipline and identified Gaunt from a surveillance photo published in The Wenatchee World. He was arrested at a Spokane motel about six hours after the robbery, located by local police, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Gaunt was on supervised released from prison on federal firearms and counterfeiting charges when he robbed the banks. He’ll serve three years of supervision after his term. He also was ordered to pay $9,958 restitution — the remainder of cash that was not recovered at his arrest in Spokane, Rice said.
World staff writer K.C. Mehaffey contributed to this report.
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