Shaggy Bandit spills all about bank-robbing spree

Michael A. Kincade, dubbed the Shaggy Bandit, must not take that whole you-have-the-right-to-remain-silent thing very seriously. Shortly after he and an accomplice, the nickname-challenged Christopher Lee Richardson, were captured last week, Kincade gave a jailhouse interview to 9News. And the criminal complaint written out against him by the U.S. Attorney's Office makes it clear that his lips remained unzipped during conversations with authorities. He provides all kinds of details about the crime spree he and Richardson conducted, complete with descriptions of a close call when a car used in robberies was impounded and a brief account of a regional road trip during which the boys committed stick-ups at numerous stops along the way. It was like typical tourism, except with financial institutions substituting for museums and amusement parks.

Read the entire complaint against Kincade and Richardson by clicking here. Below, find an extended excerpt, plus the U.S. Justice Department release about the man who would be shaggy.

Excerpt from the criminal complaint, pages 10-11:

During the interview with your affiant, Kincade advised that he has been living with Richardson at a trailer on Hwy 2, in Commerce City, Colorado. The trailer is on lot 25. The trailer belonged to Richardson's uncle, who recently died.

During the interview with your affiant, Kincade advised he and Richardson used three vehicles to rob the banks. The first vehicle was a white Buick Century that belonged to Richardson's uncle. This vehicle was impounded by police at the Denver Veteran's Hospital because of misuse of plates. This vehicle has a VIN of 3G4AG54N8NS605270. Kincade was shown a photograph of the Buick Century taken from the 7-Eleven surveillance video from the robbery of Community Banks of Colorado on June 24, 2009. Kincade identified the Buick Century in the surveillance video as the vehicle used by Richardson and Kincade to rob that bank....

Kincade further advised that he and Richardson also used another vehicle to rob banks, a dark green Mazda 626. In July 2009, Kinade and Richardson drove this vehicle on a road trip and traveled through New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Kansas. Kincade admitted that he and Richardson robbed banks in each state using this vehicle. On July 25, 2009, Richardson and Kincade were contacted at 13th and Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado by the Denver Police Department in the Mazda 626. Kincade was ultimately arrested for a curfew violation. During this contact, Officer Jose Hurtado towed the Mazda 626. On August 28, 2009, your affiant learned that a 1994 Dark Green Mazda 626, VIN: 1YVGE22D8R5128458, towed by Officer Hurtado, is still being held at the Denver Sheriff's Department impound yard, 5160 York Street, Denver, Colorado....

U.S. Justice Department release:


United States Attorney David Gaouette and FBI Special Agent in Charge James Davis announced today that Michael Alan Kincade, age 29, and Christopher Lee Richardson, age 45, both from Commerce City, Colorado, have been charged by Criminal Complaint with two counts of bank robbery. The FBI called Kincade the "Shaggy Bandit" because of his resemblance to a cartoon character from the show Scooby-Doo. Both men are in custody, and appeared in U.S. District Court in Denver this afternoon, where they were advised of the charges pending against them. A detention and preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 am before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix.

The Criminal Complaint alleges that on June 24, 2009, the two defendants robbed the Community Banks of Colorado, located at 277 Broadway in Denver. It also alleges that they robbed a Wells Fargo Bank located at 3900 Wadsworth Blvd. in Wheat Ridge on August 7, 2009. The affidavit in support of the complaint states that law enforcement suspects the defendants were involved in a total of 17 bank robberies in 4 states. The investigation continues.

If convicted, the defendants face not more than 20 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine, per count. They also could be ordered to pay restitution.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force. The task force includes the FBI, the Aurora Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol, the Denver Police Department, the Lakewood Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and the Federal Protective Service. The FBI would also like to acknowledge the Boulder Police Department, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, and the Longmont Police Department for their work on this case.

The defendants are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dave Conner.

A Criminal Complaint is a probable cause charging document. Anyone accused of committing a felony violation of federal law has a Constitutional right to be indicted by a federal grand jury.

The charges are only allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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