On December 31st, 2012 the U.S. Bank in Jackson WY was the victim of a bank robbery by an unknown male suspect. The Jackson Police Department Investigative unit led the investigation, along with assistance from the Teton County Sheriff’s Office Investigative unit, and the local FBI field office.
Shortly after the initial robbery occurred, investigators identified a possible suspect vehicle after tracking a phone used by the suspect to a pay phone at a local convenience store. However, the video surveillance did not yield a clear and confirmable license plate number. Investigators spent countless hours attempting to enhance the video to more clearly view the license plate with some success, being able to identify at least two characters on the plate. Additionally, investigators were following up on a multitude of leads, to include the viewing of hours of video from local businesses in hopes of seeing the same vehicle with a clear plate number and hit pay dirt. The second video showed all but two characters on the license plate and positively identified the plate as being a Utah license plate. Investigators then obtained registration information on the vehicle and began a search for the registered owner(s) whereabouts. Investigators also learned that the vehicle had entered the United States from Canada in late 2012, wherein a photograph was taken by Border Control officials of the driver, who closely matched the description of the suspect on bank surveillance footage.
After further investigation and interviews of potential witnesses, a positive identification of the male suspect was made on January 18th, 2013 and a Federal warrant for his arrest was obtained, but his whereabouts remained unknown. The suspect was positively identified as 39 year old Corey Allan Donaldson, an Australian national with a last known residence in northern Utah. Investigators in charge of the case opted not to make publicly known the suspects identity, in hopes that the suspect would not flee the U.S. or become alarmed that law enforcement had identified him, which could result in a violent response if encountered by law enforcement officers. Investigators were also working with a number of informants who were providing day to day information considered helpful to the investigation and hopefully leading to a positive location where Donaldson was located.
On January 22nd, 2013 Donaldson was arrested without incident in Clinton, Utah by Officers of the Clinton Police Department who were working closely with the Jackson Police Department investigative unit. Donaldson was lodged in the Davis County Correctional Facility on Federal Bank Robbery Charges and was awaiting an initial appearance before a Federal Magistrate on January 23rd, 2013. Law enforcement was required to withhold the arrest information until after the initial hearing because the arrest warrant had been sealed by the original magistrate.
Incident to the arrest, approximately $16K dollars was recovered in Donaldson’s possession that is believed to be a portion of the money stolen during the bank robbery. Additionally, the vehicle Donaldson had been driving has been recovered in central California.
Immediately after the arrest, the Jackson Police Department Investigative unit and supporting personnel flew by private charter to Ogden Utah to continue the investigation.
The Jackson Police Department would like to personally thank all those who assisted in helping to solve this case, to include but not limited to: the local Jackson FBI field agent, the Teton County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit, the Clinton Utah Police Department, the Syracuse Utah Police Department, the SLC Police Department, the SLC and Ogden FBI field offices, and Jackson Hole Aviation.
Jackson Police Department investigators continue to follow up investigative leads on the case.
BANK ROBBERY - U.S. Bank
JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
At 1238 on December 31, 2012 the Jackson Police Department received a call from US Bank at 185 Powderhorn Lane in reference to a bank robbery in progress. Officers with the Jackson Police Department and Teton County Sheriff’s Office responded and were on scene in less than two minutes. Upon arrival officers learned that the suspect had already fled the scene.