KENT COUNTY, MI — A man accused of robbing credit unions and check cashing shops in West Michigan has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Tommy Maurice-Sans Jurl pleaded guilty to the credit union robbery in a November 18, 2021 robbery of the Lake Michigan Credit Union at the Byron Center.
Five other charges of robbery or attempted robbery were dismissed in a plea deal, but Jurl admitted involvement in all of the crimes.
He and co-defendant Redo Lamont Rolling, who allegedly acted as lookout and getaway driver, split $26,000 in the LMCU heist.
Rolling is awaiting sentencing after taking his case to trial and being convicted of four of six charges: two counts of robbery at a credit union, robbery and attempted robbery.
Jurl was sentenced by US District Judge Hala Jarbou in Lansing this week. She ordered Jurl to be released under supervision after his sentence expired for three years and to pay $36,266 in damages.
Jurl handed out banknotes or made threats during the robberies, the federal prosecutor said.
At the LMCU heist, he handed a cashier a note that read, “Give me 50,000 without a dice (sic) pack because I’m wanted by the mafia,” court documents said.
The first robbery occurred on June 23, 2020 at Check ‘N Go in Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County. Jurl said he had six people waiting outside if the worker didn’t give him money, records showed.
On July 16, 2020, he robbed the Check ‘N Go in Plainfield Township, telling a worker that there were “six mafia members” outside. In a Nov. 24, 2021 robbery at Honor Credit Union in Wyoming, he told a worker to “line your pockets and don’t push the buttons,” and said he had people outside.
During a Nov. 30, 2021 robbery of Lake Michigan Credit Union in Grand Haven, he said, “Don’t push the buttons, there are people outside who are going to kill me, I need $25,000,” court filings read.
On Dec. 2, 2021, he told an employee at Wyoming’s Instant Cash Advance store, “I have three friends waiting outside with guns, you need to fill this bag with money,” records showed. The worker behind security plexiglass refused and pressed a panic button.
The robber didn’t get anything during the last robbery attempt.
Jurl had previously been convicted of a December 28, 2020 robbery at the Cash Store in Norton Shores. He told a worker that the mafia was going to kill his family, records showed. He was released from custody on November 9, 2021.
“Nine days after Jurl was released from prison, he and Rolling committed the next robbery,” Assistant US Attorney Daniel Mekaru wrote in a process letter to LMCU at the Byron Center.
Investigators found pictures of Jurl on Rolling’s cellphone that showed apparent efforts to alter his appearance with wigs and costumes, prosecutors said.
State police analyzed surveillance video of the suspected getaway vehicle, a silver Ford Taurus, and used part of the license plate number to identify Rolling as a suspect. Investigators obtained a search warrant to attach a tracking device to a 2002 Taurus registered on Rolling in Muskegon.
The two were arrested after the failed heist in Wyoming. Investigators determined that their vehicle was stopped near the Instant Advance Cash store before moving again.
Grand Rapids police stopped the vehicle minutes later at a gas station on South Division Avenue and Wealthy Street. Jurl’s clothing matched the description of the attempted robbery minutes earlier, Mekaru wrote
He denied involvement. He later said Rolling planned the robbery. His plea agreement required his cooperation with prosecutors.