He has been known to address his victims as sweeties, telling them not to worry, wishing them a good day- just before he slips away with thousands of stolen cash.
His crime spree: five bank robberies in four states in under five months after escaping from a Kentucky prison, landed him on the U.S. Marshal’s Most Wanted Fugitive List and on the television show “America’s Most Wanted”, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Anthony Ray Artrip, 38, of Ashland, Ky, was sentenced Thursday to spending the remainder of his life in prison for the armed robbery of banks in Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Michigan, officials said.
“Much effort and many resources from not only the FBI but other law enforcement entities were expended in investigating, tracking, and ultimately capturing him,” Atlanta FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Lamkin, said. “It is with some sense of satisfaction that the criminal justice community, along with other potential victims, will not have to face Artrip on the streets again.”
The following information came from a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Artrip was indicted in the Northern District of Georgia on Jan. 9, 2008, on one count of armed bank robbery and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence.
He also was indicted in other federal districts for the armed robbery of four other banks – two in West Virginia, one in Michigan, and one in North Carolina.
Mr. Artrip agreed to have all of his federal cases transferred to Georgia for disposition, and he pleaded guilty to all of the charges pending against him.
Investigators said Mr. Artrip robbed the Regions Bank in Calhoun, Ga., on the morning of Set. 27, 2007. He walked into the bank, brandishing a handgun, and jumped the teller counter to get money.
While pointing the handgun at the tellers, Mr. Artrip told them not to worry and referred to them as “ladies” and “sweetie,” and even told them to have a good day when he left the bank with nearly $20,000.
The robbery of the Calhoun bank was part of a several-month-long, multi-state crime spree in the summer and fall of 2007 that began when Mr. Artrip escaped from the Grant County Detention Center in Williamstown, Ky on June 24, 2007.
Over the next three months, investigators said Mr. Artrip robbed banks in West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Michigan, slipping away from near-capture many times.
Shortly after his robbery of the Regions Bank in Calhoun, Mr. Artrip narrowly escaped capture by police in Chattanooga,.
But on Oct. 8, 2007, Mr. Artrip’s luck ran out in an hotel in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mr. Artrip crawled into an air vent to try and evade justice yet again, but U.S. Marshals evacuated the hotel and used tear gas to flush out Mr. Artrip.
Mr. Artrip was sentenced to serve two life sentences without the possibility of release under the federal “three strikes” law, and he was ordered to pay restitution to the banks he robbed in the total amount of $100,132.00.
“Today’s sentencing puts an end to the criminal career of a man who brazenly made his way across half of the United States robbing banks and terrorizing citizens, and brings justice and closure to the many victims of his crimes,” United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said.