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Suspects used Web to gather info for robbery attempt
SAVANNAH, Ga. (7/31/08)--Two Savannah, Ga., men were convicted last week in a U.S. District Court of conspiring to rob a credit union after surfing Internet websites of credit unions and banks located in the Savannah area. Donald Floyd Brown and Charon Garray Fields, both 31, were arrested just outside the front doors of Memorial Health CU in Savannah on Sept. 25, 2007, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) Atlanta office (US Fed News July 23). Police SWAT team members found a loaded pistol in Fields' waistband and several shotgun shells and a camouflage mask in his pocket. Brown had a matching mask in his pocket. Their van had two loaded shotguns, one of them sawed off. A forensics examination of a computer from Fields' home revealed numerous visits on the morning of the attempted robbery to Internet websites of banks and credit unions in the areas, the FBI said. The visits included Web pages that displayed photographs and biographies of the financial institutions' employees--from the president to the tellers. In addition to the conspiracy charges, the two men were convicted of attempting to rob the credit union and possessing an unregistered short-barreled shotgun. Brown also was convicted of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon. The two men face a maximum of 35 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. Sentencing has not been scheduled yet.
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