SACRAMENTO, CA - A Modesto man federal prosecutors accuse of sticking up seven local banks, two of them with a sawed-off shotgun, was indicted Thursday on seven counts of armed robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime on violence.
Anthony Edward Fuerst, 51, is alleged to have robbed a Citibank at 1340 Oakdale Road three times (March 9, 2012; June 12, 2012; and Aug. 27, 2012); Farmers and Merchants Bank at 901 N. Carpenter Road (Aug. 13, 2012); Chase Bank at 2609 McHenry Avenue (Sept. 17, 2012); Farmers and Merchants Bank at 3001 McHenry Avenue (Jan. 18, 2013); and BBVA Compass Bank at 2601 Oakdale Road (also on Jan. 18, 2013), according to court records. Fuerst was arrested after the Jan. 18 robberies were committed within two hours of each other.
The U.S. Attorney's Office, East District of California, says if convicted, Fuerst faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison plus a $250,000 fine for each armed robbery charge. The penalty for guilty verdicts on the firearm charges range from a minimum of 10 to 25 years in prison to life imprisonment.