Bank robber sentenced to more than three years in prison

Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man who pleaded guilty to robbing a Fairbanks bank was sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Thomas Jay Campbell, 25, was arrested after he stole $6,866 from a branch of the Mount McKinely Bank on University Avenue.

According to court filings, Campbell entered the bank shortly before closing on Jan. 22 wearing a hooded sweatshirt and with a T-shirt partially obscuring his face. He approached a teller and jumped over the bank counter, opened the cash drawer and filled his backpack with bills and free calendars. He then fled the bank on foot.

After the robbery, troopers and officers from the Fairbanks, North Pole, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Airport police departments surrounded the area. A trooper K-9 unit tracked Campbell down in a wooded area behind the Golden North Motel, not far from the bank, a little more than an hour after the crime.

Campbell was arrested and indicted in February on a federal charge of bank robbery. In June, he pleaded guilty to the charge. He was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court.

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