On Friday, former Phoenix Police officer Chad Michael Goulding was sentenced to 45 years and 9 months in jail for a series of bank robberies he was convicted of committing, Fox News reports. In February, Goulding was found guilty of 16 counts of armed robbery, 61 counts of kidnapping, 5 counts of aggravated assault, and 5 counts of theft.
Goulding reportedly robbed five banks around the valley at gunpoint in the span of six months in 2006. However, it took investigators four years to arrest the man.
Goulding was an officer with the Phoenix Police Department for 13 years. He resigned from the force in August 2005 following an internal investigation and a positive steroid test.
In June 2006, Goulding allegedly began a string of five bank robberies in which he netted over $133,000. According to prosecutors, he robbed Bank of America branches in Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, and Scottsdale.
It was Goulding’s past training as a police officer that eventually keyed investigators into his identity. Goulding’s tactical movements, as seen on bank surveillance videos, were indicative of law enforcement training.
“Grip, stance, tactical movement through an unknown area, they’re similar,” said FBI Special Agent Lance Leising. “So anybody with that type of training, it’s easy to see that on a video.”
Under the Illinois criminal code, a person commits robbery when he takes property from another person through the use of force or by threatening the imminent use of force. Armed robbery occurs when a person robs another while carrying a firearm or other dangerous weapon. Armed robbery involving a firearm is a Class X felony and requires that an additional 15 years is added to the prison term.
Prosecutors requested that Chad Michael Goulding receive more than 100 years in prison, contending that, as a former Phoenix Police officer, Goulding had broken the public’s trust after taking an oath to protect and serve.