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CU robberies totaled 117 for 2Q says FBI
WASHINGTON (8/18/09)--Robberies at credit unions totaled 117 out of the 1,278 robberies committed at financial institutions during second quarter, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Credit unions also saw six burglaries out of 19 committed, and three larcenies out of seven reported to the FBI. Overall there were 1,304 violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crime Statute, a decrease from 1,444 for second quarter of 2008, reported the FBI's Bank Crime Statistics Report for federally insured financial institutions. More than $9.5 million total was stolen during 1,200, or 92%, of the incidents. Twenty-eight percent of incidents reported full or partial recovery of the loot, with a total of more than $1.4 million returned to the financial institutions. Friday continued to be the most popular day for robberies, followed by Monday. The most popular times were from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Acts of violence were committed in 4% of the incidents, resulting in 30 injuries, two deaths (both robbery suspects), and four hostages taken. Robbers' preferred methods during second quarter included oral demand of money in 759 incidents, demand note in 678 incidents, and threatening or implying a weapon in 531 cases. Firearms were used in 336 incidents, and handguns were part of 320 crimes. Explosive devices were used or threatened in 49 incidents. The South experienced the most robberies--430--followed by the West, with 409. States with the most robberies reported included: California, with 160 robberies; Ohio and Florida, with 65 robberies each; Illinois with 54, and Pennsylvania and Arizona tied for 52.
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