Former Phoenix Police Officer Chad Michael Goulding, age 40, has been arrested and charged with carrying out five Phoenix area bank robberies during a five month period in 2006. Goulding, who left the Phoenix Police force in 2005 after serving on the force for 13 years, is currently in custody and held on a $1,000,000 bond. His apprehension and indictment is the culmination of a four-year cooperative investigation involving the FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
The 95-count indictment includes charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and theft. According to the indictment, Goulding robbed five Bank of America branches in Mesa, Glendale, Chandler, and Scottsdale from June to November 2006, seizing a total of $133,650. In each incident, Goulding allegedly wore a ski mask, brandished a firearm, and ordered customers to lie down on the floor. The reason for 95-counts is probably attributable to the number of people inside the banks at the time of the alleged robberies.
The twist in this case is the fact that the crimes were allegedly committed by a former police officer. Goulding served for 13 years and conceivably should have been aware of the risks of committing these alleged robberies. The fact that it took authorities four years to indict an individual conveys a lack of substantial evidence. Most likely, the government has attempted to piece together circumstantial evidence in order to convince a grand jury to issue an indictment against Goulding.
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