Cordray gets life in prison for ATM robbery

Convict Robert Cordray.

Conroe, July 18 – On July 17, 2019, in the 221st District Court a jury sentenced Robert Alan Cordray, 56, of Houston to Life in prison for his role in a 2018 theft from three ATM’s at the Bank of America in Conroe.

On September 14, 2018, Patrol Officers from the Conroe Police Department received an alarm call at the Bank of America on West Davis in Conroe, Texas.  Within minutes, officers spotted Cordray’s truck leaving the area and stopped it for several traffic violations.

On approaching the vehicle, officers observed a large amount of loose cash lying on the passenger floor board, a crowbar under the back seat, and a large, gas-powered circular saw behind the driver’s seat.  Officers also obtained images taken from the bank’s surveillance cameras and determined that the clothes Cordray was wearing matched those of the burglars seen in the photos.

Judge Lisa Michalk presided over the trial and jurors heard evidence over three days, including the testimony of Cordray’s female accomplice. On Tuesday, Cordray was convicted for his role in the theft.

Immediately after returning a verdict of guilty, jurors were introduced to Cordray’s extensive criminal history, which included over 20 separate convictions for offenses including Burglary of a Habitation, Burglary of a Post Office, Theft, Forgery, Mail Theft, and Tampering with a Government Record.  Cordray’s criminal history dates back more than 30 years and consists of at least six trips to the State penitentiary and three trips to the Federal penitentiary.

Cordray’s last conviction was 2013 in Harris County for a $40,000 Theft.  He received a 25 year prison sentence, and after serving less than five years in prison, he was released back out onto the streets and was on parole when he broke into the three ATMs in Conroe.

Montgomery County Assistant District Attorneys Adam McLane presented this case to the jury, and expressed his gratitude for the hard work put in by officers from the Conroe Police Department, Bank of America Director of Security Wayne Geddes, and Deputy Worley from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.  Most importantly, McLane recognized the effort put forth by the jury in this case, who heard evidence that justified the Life sentence this defendant so rightly deserved.

McLane noted that “this verdict once again underscores the idea that the conduct displayed by this defendant simply will not be tolerated by law enforcement and the citizens of Montgomery County.  Hopefully with this sentence, Robert Cordray’s life of crime is finally over.”

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