ANTHONY CURCIO Former
High School Star Athlete Sentenced to Prison for Armored Car Robbery
July 28, 2009
ANTHONY CURCIO, 28, of Monroe, Washington was sentenced today in U.S.
District Court in Seattle to 72 months in prison and three years of
supervised release for robbing an armored car in Monroe, Washington, on
September 30, 2008. CURCIO, a former star athlete in high school, who
earned college scholarships in basketball and football, meticulously
planned the robbery over nearly a year. CURCIO then went on a wild
spending spree following the robbery and was arrested in a new Range
Rover following a shopping spree at an outlet mall. At sentencing U.S.
District Judge James L. Robart told him what happened to the victim was
“tragic.” Judge Robart described the crime as fitting of the type of
things seen in the movies similar to the Thomas Crown Affair. However,
Judge Robart stated there was nothing “dashing” about this crime. Judge
Robart stated he was troubled by the immediate violence. He was equally
troubled with CURCIO’S novel idea of using Craigslist to have others
show up dressed like himself, similar to the Thomas Crown Affair. This,
however, put those people at risk of being shot by the guards. Judge
Robart also rejected CURCIO’s excuse for doing the robbery because of
his need for money, citing CURCIO’s trip, where he treated a number of
his friends to Las Vegas for an all expense paid vacation.
J. Curcio, 28
According to records filed in the case, CURCIO first hatched the idea of
robbing an armored car while working for his parent’s landscaping
company at the Nakamura Courthouse in downtown Seattle. As his money
troubles worsened, CURCIO, targeted an armored car making deliveries to
the Bank of America branch in Monroe, Washington. CURCIO studied the
deliveries and the best ways to escape following the robbery. He
manufactured a disguise with clothing that could be easily removed, and
even strung a cable in a nearby creek so that he could use an inflatable
raft and pull himself down the creek away from the scene of the robbery.
CURCIO put an ad on Craigslist offering a potential job for people
showing up in the vicinity of the bank dressed as he planned to be
dressed at the time of the robbery. The idea was to have a number of
similarly dressed people in the area of the bank at the time of the
of a tube that was used in the robbery and may have been stolen.
On the day of the robbery, CURCIO wore a wig, face mask and the tear
away clothing as he pretended to be a landscaper spraying weeds outside
the bank. When the armored car arrived he sprayed the delivery person in
the face with mace and stole a bag of money with some $400,000. CURCIO
discarded his wig, face mask and hat and made his escape on an
inflatable raft. Following the robbery CURCIO took his buddies and
girlfriend on an expensive trip to Las Vegas and purchased numerous
as CURCIO spent the stolen money, the FBI and Monroe Police were on his
trail. A homeless man had seen CURCIO at one of his “dry runs,” picking
up a wig and mask and other items from near a dumpster at the bank a
couple of week before the robbery. The man reported CURCIO’s license
plate number to police. The car was registered to CURCIO’s wife.
Authorities then retrieved a drink bottle with a sample of DNA and
compared it to the DNA from the face mask and wig discarded a short
distance from the scene of the robbery. The DNA from the bottle matched
the DNA from the items left at the scene.
Some $220,000 of the stolen money was recovered following CURCIO’s
arrest on November 25, 2008. CURCIO was originally released following
his arrest, but was returned to custody in January 2009, after he
contacted one of the witnesses in the case, in violation of the terms of
his release. CURCIO pleaded guilty on May 5, 2009.
In asking for a five year sentence, Assistant United States Attorney
Bruce Miyake noted that danger involved in any robbery. “All robberies
are inherently violent and serious. This robbery stands out for its
boldness, level of planning, and its ingenuity. As detailed above,
Curcio was obsessive in his planning. He was very meticulous in thinking
of almost all the details. He spent hours watching the bank to determine
the schedule of the armored car. He also spent hours setting up his
escape route which included stringing up a cable to assist in his
escape,” Mr. Miyake wrote in his sentencing memo.