WASHINGTON (7/8/09)--Nearly 500 U.S. credit unions were robbed in 2008, according to bank crime statistics released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During last year, 483 credit unions experienced robberies, 121 had burglaries and 28 were victims of larcenies. For all U.S. financial institutions, there were 6,849 reported violations in 2008: 6,700 robberies, 121 burglaries and 26 larcenies. The total represents a slight decrease from the 6,933 reported violations in 2007, said Kevin Perkins, assistant director, FBI's Criminal Investigative Division. Loot was taken in 6,225 (91%) of the 6,849 incidents with a total amount stolen of nearly $62 million. Of that amount, more than $8.9 million was recovered. Investigations into the robberies have identified 3,342 of the 8,393 persons involved. Of those identified, 3,230 were male and 206 were female. Friday was the most popular day for crimes (1,407) followed by Monday (1,280) and Wednesday (1,206). For the community type where the crimes were committed, most occurred in metropolitan areas (3,388), followed by suburban (1,136), small city/town (2,189) and rural (136).