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Ballantine man sentenced for ATM robbery

Posted at 2:00 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 18:13:36-05

BILLINGS – The Ballantine man who admitted to trying to break into two separate banks in 2017 was sentenced to jail time on Wednesday.

Anthony William Felton, 27, will spend two years in federal prison and three years of supervised release.

According to a press release, prosecutors said that Felton broke into the Beartooth Bank in Billings in October 2017, trying to gain access to the ATM machine by using a grinder and other tools. Felton fled before officers arrived.

When officers got to the bank, they found a grinder, knife and an extension cord near the ATM. While security footage was available, police were unable to make a positive identification.

In December 2017, a second bank burglary occurred at the Stockman Bank in Worden. The release states Felton broke an exterior door to gain entry. Again, Felton used a grinder to try and get into the ATM, but was unsuccessful. Felton did cause $12,000 in damages to the building in the process.

Days later, Felton was arrested and admitted to both of the robberies.

Reporting by Samantha Sullivan for MTN News