What started out as a violent ATM robbery in McCall, including a shootout with Idaho law enforcement, has ended with two suspects behind bars and a McCall bank offering a bit of levity.
"You see, we try to help as many people as possible with their many financial needs," Idaho First Bank officials wrote in a published statement addressed to the alleged robbers. "If you had just stopped by to visit one of our friendly loan officers, we probably would have worked something out."
The "public notice" from Idaho First Bank appeared in the Winter Carnival edition of the McCall Star-News Jan. 23, with tongue planted firmly in cheek:
"You obviously forgot your ATM card, but the chain wasn't necessary."
The bank was referring to a Jan. 10 incident where two men used a chain attached to a pickup to tear the door off an Idaho First Bank ATM and steal about $26,000. When law enforcement responded within minutes, one of the suspects allegedly turned a Ruger assault rifle on officers before fleeing.
The pair was arrested two days later in Orem, Utah, in connection with another ATM robbery, in Douglas, Wyo., on Dec. 8, 2013. Soon after their capture, authorities said 34-year-old Nathan Davenport and 39-year-old Matthew Annable were thought to be responsible for at least 20 ATM thefts across the United States during the past 16 months. In each case, the ATM thefts took less than seven minutes, according to the FBI. That is, until they came to McCall.
"We were greatly flattered at your choice of banks," wrote Idaho First. "However, we must strongly discourage any further anonymous borrowing. It was not the money, but the principle of the whole thing. We need to talk about your idea about full-service banking. We are McCall's friendly hometown bank, from the free cookies, licorice and coffee, to our sincere community involvement, to the genuine interest of our staff in our customers' needs. But even we have to draw the line somewhere."