By Gangsters Inc. Editors
The stories of Charles Dickens continue to live on. Not just because they are such classic stories, but because modern-day equivalents continue to pop up. Like how a leader of the Rollin’ 60s Crips recruited minors to commit robberies for him as if he were the reincarnation of the fictional Fagin.
43-year-old Eric Coleman is the gang boss in question. While running the Rollin’ 60s Crips, he set up a robbery crew comprised of minors. He actively recruited and manipulated juveniles to carry out the actual robberies and made them put on makeup and use a firearm to rob the banks.
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On March 14, 2018, the ENT Federal Credit Union in Colorado Springs, Colorado was robbed. After the robbery, law enforcement learned that Coleman had picked up the robber from the credit union, helping him flee the scene of the crime. The four individuals involved in these robberies, including Coleman, met up at a fast food restaurant where the robber gave the firearm to Coleman and the money was divided.
On April 30, 2018, law enforcement stopped four individuals who were planning to commit another bank robbery. Officers found an individual wearing makeup. The manner in which the makeup was being worn matched several recent bank robberies and business robberies.
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During interviews following the stop, law enforcement learned that Coleman would hand the bank robber a firearm for the robbery. A subsequent search of Coleman’s residence resulted in officers finding three firearms, including one in a bag with Coleman's prescription medication, directly tying him to the weapon.
Caught red-handed all seven of the crew members pleaded guilty.
On August 19, 2020, Coleman was sentenced to over 15 years in federal prison for bank robbery and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. “Bank robbery, especially with a weapon, is a violent crime,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn. “In this case, Mr. Coleman used his position as a gang leader to recruit minors to do his dirty work. He will now serve a lengthy prison sentence appropriate for someone who orchestrated and led others to commit these crimes.”
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