eBuzz: JPD gets their man, bank robber arrested in Utah

By on January 23, 2013
Corey Allan Donaldson
Corey Allan Donaldson

Corey Allan Donaldson (Courtesy Davis County Sheriff’s Office)

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – A 39-year-old man wanted in connection with the robbery of U.S. Bank in Jackson on New Year’s Eve was apprehended Tuesday evening in Clinton, Utah. The suspect is Corey Allan Donaldson. He is an Australian national with a last-known address in Sandy, Utah. He is being held in the Davis County jail until he can be transported to Cheyenne to face federal charges.
Local investigators, led by Detective Sgt. Andy Pearson, were eventually able to obtain better resolution surveillance video from an area business that showed most of a Utah license plate on the Toyota Tundra believed to be the getaway vehicle used in the heist. While performing a registry search for the plate, U.S. Border Control pitched in with a clear photo of the vehicle and license plate as the truck entered the U.S. from Canada in late 2012.

By January 18, local investigators were sure their man was Donaldson. An arrest warrant was obtained but Donaldson’s whereabouts were still unknown. With the help of an informant, the suspect was located and arrested while traveling by taxi in the Ogden area near Farmington.

According to a Premier cab driver who detailed the incident in person to a JH Weekly reporter shortly after the arrest, his vehicle was surrounded by police and FBI agents around 7 p.m. Tuesday night. When cops pulled their guns and told the cab driver to exit the vehicle, he was told by the suspect not to. The taxi driver said he feared Donaldson had a gun trained on him. He froze. Law enforcement moved in and wrestled Donaldson from the vehicle and took him into custody. According to the cab driver, police did recover a weapon.

Donaldson was also carrying about $16K, believed to be a portion of the money stolen from U.S. Bank. The Toyota Tundra Donaldson had been driving turned up in California. Jackson investigators flew by private charter to Ogden in order to question the suspect further.

Reader Comments
book em danno.

Yippie. Hats off to the boys and girls who got their man.

Really? A private charter? It’s only a 5 hour drive to Logan. Glad to hear the town budget is in such good shape. But great job on finding him!

I must agree with Allison. I psyched the JPD got the guy, but a chartered plane to Utah? Did they make a quick trip to Park City for Sundance as well?

More like good job to the FBI! Glad to see our overstaffed police get to charter planes.
ski bum

I wonder if he’s the same Corey Allan Donaldson from Sandy, Utah that had a business called, “The Credibility Consultant.” Guess his cred in the bank heist business just took a pretty big blow.

Jake got a nice Wednesday night scoop here on some previously unknown details of the arrest. Don’t be too hard on local cops, though. Here, as well as the NaG story Thursday, shows while JPD had lots of help, they led the way to identifying Donaldson. The charter flight, though? Sheesh, I wanna see the bill for that. AND I want to see fiscal conservative new councils members (Stanford) weigh in on this.
Anonyholic II

Lance — a quick internet search shows you are correct. Both at the same address.
Anonyholic II

That’s my brother he didn’t do it

Does anyone really think the town would pay for a chartered flight? There are people of means in this valley. Some of them own planes. A reliable source tells me the flight was a gift from such a citizen. It didn’t cost the town anything. But hey, believe what you want.

ski bum does not know all that he does not know. Nor does he understand all that he does not understand. But he seems comfortable that way.

many peeps hung up on cost of flight. US Bank president might have flown them down there in his G4, maybe the feds foot the bill. i’ll find out if it’s that important.

And yes, same Donaldson who was the Credibility Consultant where he had a few fraud complaints lodged against him.

Ryan — if that’s the case you better go see Gerry Spence; your brother’s gonna need him. Jake, maybe not that important in the overall scheme of things, but Kevin’s post has inquiring alleged minds wanting to know. Two things: 1.) SLC/Ogden is 1/2-day driving distance and that’s how cops usually make official trips. Their guy was already in custody, a non-emergency, why the rush? Did they take a witness with them? 2.) Totally non-standard for banks to take on such an expense, they get robbed every day. If some local made such a gift, how standard is that? Cops aren’t supposed to take gifts. Does JPD have a slush fund for such things? What would the giftor expect in return?
Anonyholic II

Not supposed to take gifts? No, you’re wrong. Donations to law enforcement organizations around the country are commonplace. It violates no policy. That’s different from an individual taking a bribe. Expect in return? What could police do for him? Doubt it would get the donor out of a traffic ticket, but then again, traffic tickets don’t usually rise to the level of a going concern for people who own planes. A citizen of means wanted to help. That help saved the town time, the wear and tear on a vehicle and gas money. It’s your right to feel it should violate some policy, but it doesn’t violate a policy. Not here. Not anywhere around the country.

Here it is quite common, and no do they do want anything in return. There are still a few people in this town that support law enforcement. The community donates millions every year to SAR, dog causes, pathways, fake rocks in parks, and every other touchy-feely cause you can think of. Why is it so shocking someone would do something nice for the folks that protect us all every day? How about giving props where props is due and quit trying to find some negative spin to it?

Just legitimate questions, folks, that’s all, so chill. While it’s not the same as dog parks, fake rocks and SAR, the points here are taken. Reporter Jake would be on solid ground asking the same. It’s what reporters do.
Anonyholic II

Yeah it’s my brother! Hope he is ok were is he

Author/suspect Corey Donaldson’s new title penned while serving time: “Don’t You Dare Rob a Bank Before Reading This!”

Nora ya a test tube baby

Good call C-bass( kick his ass c-bass!!)

Wait. We sent JHPD to SLC via charter air? Why did JHPD go to SLC? FBI is running the show. He’ll never be in court here. Additionally, I’d say the real HERO in this case is the security at the Maverik. Send a detective’s badge and a gun to the folks in Afton. Without private security cameras, the police would still be dusting for fingerprints.

Zip it zips!! He was wearing gloves u butter face! There was no finger prints so dusting would b a waste of time!
Suck it

Miss ya Bro. All ten of your brothers and sisters are thinking of you. Wish you were here with us down under. We feel so helpless but just know that we love you.

Don’t worry, he’ll be getting lots of lovin’ in the Federal Pen.
Ben Dover

It’s very sad to see a man who use to have everything going for him, which included running a once successful business/brand, being a published author and being a very genuine friend fall so hard from grace because he’s was so desperate to make a quick buck to not allow himself to become a slave to the workplace. To Corey’s family down under: He was once a very great person with a big heart that eventually allowed the desires to have materialistic things rule his life to the point where he would take any risk to live the life style of the rich and famous. I will always appreciate what Corey did for me and hope others, including myself, can learn from his mistakes that led to him loosing everything by shifting away his focus on the importance of god, family, service and being what he called “your authentic-self”. Good luck to you Corey and although you will probably never read this, many people care and love you, and hope this is a turning point in your life.

@ anonymous. This is a turning point in his life. A big one.

SUCK IT: My point exactly. “dusting would be a waste of time”…as would going to SLC. He did, however, take off his gloves. Never happy with the truth?

Anonymous! Were u friends with Corey of late!? Or a past friend?

Dear Anonymous, Let me tell you about my personal story about the Great Corey Allan Donaldson. I met Corey in January 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. He was looking for investors in a Las Vegas property scheme with the promise of big returns. Luckily, I didn’t invest but the grapevine has suggestions of at least 25 investors. The minimum investment was for $62,500 & the maximum single investment was for $250,000. Of course you could take more then 1 investment. So he fleeced at least $1,500,000 & upper limits could be as much as $6,000,000. Not only did he spend all that money & he needed to rob a bank as well? Don’t feel sorry for Corey Allan Donaldson, feel sorry for the mums & dads of the world who have lost considerable sums of money on a idiot who wanted to live a lifestyle well beyonds his means.

Btw, I have also forwarded the arresting police a copy of a PDF detailing his investment scheme & some further details. It might make interesting reading.

Is there any victims storys Tex or is it the grapevine!

I guessing in about 15-20 years the Aussies will be getting him back as a deported felon.
G’day Mate

Tex, you’re full of shit.. You have no idea what you are talking about

Tex…… Stop putting your greasy nose where it doesn’t belong. You have no proof only word through the grapvine. Before you start handing around 2nd hand stories how about you get some FACTS!! And while your at it, spare a thought for his family and friends who are already goin through a hard time without having to listen to your opinions. If you have facts then share them, if not keep it to your self buddy

Tex is always making up bullshit, he’s a life ruiner….he ruins peoples lives. Jose

What I told you is the truth & I have passed that information to authorities. Let them decide if there is any truth to it.

All of it is the truth, the only bit i’m not sure of is how many people invested in his property scheme. Not asking anyone to believe me, just keep an open mind & i’m sure in the fullness of time, this story will come out. If anyone does know Corey, I’m sure they know he was in Australia about this time last year.

Tex is 100% correct. Donaldson is a fraudster of the highest order. I hope he rots

Tex…..do u work for fedX??? Delivering shit to the people!!! All this bullshit as your story has changed already!! 25 investors millions of dollars so on and so!! Do u ride your bike backwards!!!??? A bit of backpedalling going here!!!

I’m more interested in who dobbedhiminwith friends like this coward who needs enemies,we will pay him a visit soon and find out why.?

Good on Dante for his stand in the past we knew how to deal with cowards like the informant tell us where he lives also,

Tex, stop blaming your fraudulent scams on Corey. Be a man and take ownership of your failings and short comings. Only an idiot would blame someone else for their own mistakes. And if investors made the decision to give their money away to you, they should have done their homework. Investors should take responsibility for their own stupidity and accept just how gullible they are. Give the money back Tex and stop ripping people off!!

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