Woman sentenced for role in credit union heist
The accomplice in a Rochester credit union robbery last summer has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and 100 hours of community work service.
Madison Brittany Reichert, 21, of Byron, pleaded guilty in December to second-degree aggravated robbery. In exchange for the plea, a single count of first-degree aggravated robbery was dismissed. Both are felonies.
In addition to the jail time, Reichert was ordered to attend a class related to abusive relationships and to have no contact with her co-defendant, Andrew Joseph Fogan, 20.
On June 19, police responded to Affinity Plus Credit Union, 3482 55th St. NW, where a teller told them a man — later identified as Fogan — handed her a note that said, "I have a gun, give me $5,000 No Dye packs, You have 60 seconds before I start shooting NO ALARMS!"
Fogan brandished a firearm, the complaint says, and got away with $7,309.
On July 22, investigators received a tip that Fogan was the robber, and his girlfriend, Reichert, wrote the note and drove the getaway car, court documents say. The tipster said Reichert owns a white VW Jetta; video surveillance from a nearby store reportedly shows Fogan exiting a white Jetta and walking through some bushes toward the credit union during the time of the robbery.
Further investigation uncovered surveillance video from Walmart Supercenter, 3400 55th St. NW, which shows Fogan and Reichert buying a baseball hat, gray hooded sweatshirt and a package of fake mustaches the day of the robbery. The clothing appeared to match what the robber wore; the teller told police the suspect was wearing "an obviously fake mustache," the complaint says.
By then, Fogan was in jail in Goodhue County; officials listened to a recorded jail call between Fogan and Reichert. In it, court documents say, Fogan told Reichert police hadn't found his money and told her where it was. He also allegedly told her to get rid of his shoes because they were "hot."
On July 29, Reichert's residence was searched; she told investigators Fogan had robbed the credit union, then they drove to Chicago, the report says. A family member told officers she had seen a black pistol on the floorboard of Reichert's car.
According to the criminal complaint, Fogan also admitted their involvement in the robbery, including buying the clothes and mustache to hide his identity. He told officials he thought they had gotten about $4,500 from the robbery, that he started spending the money immediately and that it went faster than expected.
Fogan reportedly told law enforcement where the remaining money was.