A 57-year old man from Raytown, MO was sentenced in federal court Monday for robbing a credit union with a plastic gun.

A press release from the US Attorney's office for the Western District of Missouri says that Stephen McCrary was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison without parole.

McCrary pleaded guilty on February 14, 2018 to one count of bank robbery. McCrary reportedly admitted to stealing $3,815 from the Community America Credit Union located in the Research Medical Center at 2316 E. Meyer Blvd. in Kansas City, MO.

Surveillance footage showed McCrary approach the teller at approximately 3:00 p.m. on September 7, 2016. According to court documents, McCrary approached the teller counter, put a plastic bag on the counter, pulled out what appeared to be a firearm, pointed it at the teller, and demanded “all of the money in the drawer.”

The press release indicates the victim initially froze out of fear and then complied with his demands and turned over $3,815. After taking the money, McCrary fled.

A hospital security officer reportedly saw McCrary leave the hospital property and proceed towards a nearby street. Officers eventually stopped and arrested him in the neighborhood adjacent to the hospital. At the time of his arrest, he was carrying two plastic bags that contained the clothing he wore during the robbery, a black plastic replica firearm and the stolen money.

The US Attorney's office says McCrary has 13 prior felony convictions in state court, four of which are convictions for first-degree robberies. All of the robberies were of businesses while McCrary was armed with a firearm, or what appeared to be an operable firearm. He has been incarcerated, on parole, or on probation for 34 of the past 39 years, since his first robbery in 1977.

He was on parole for 1st Degree Robbery when he robbed the credit union, having been released from state prison three months earlier.

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