Last of gang sentenced for bank robberies tied to Tacoma

Staff writerFebruary 28, 2014 

The bank robbers worked fast, wasting no time.

The approach was basic: Three men in masks would vault the counters, take the money and escape in two minutes or less, shifting to a getaway car and then to a rental.

The gang had seven members. The last of them, Charles A. Williams, 40, was sentenced Friday to eight years in federal prison. The remaining members, including Tacoma resident Anthony V. Mosley, were sentenced last year, with prison terms ranging from three to 16 years.

Based in California, the gang hit banks in Washington, Ohio, Michigan and Colorado, using Mosley’s Tacoma home as a base of operations. In Washington, they hit banks in Tacoma and Lakewood, as well as Seattle and Kirkland.

The Tacoma-based South Sound Gang Task Force investigated the case in collaboration with the FBI and other agencies. The arrests came in December 2012.

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