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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 1:00 am

Charge upgraded in two heists

Journal Gazette

Prosecutors upgraded a robbery charge against a man police say robbed a Fort Wayne credit union twice in less than a week.

Michael D. Coates, 59, had faced two counts of robbery – each level 5 felonies punishable by six years in prison. He was charged Monday in Allen Superior Court with robbery and armed robbery, a level 3 felony that carries a penalty of up to 16 years behind bars.

Coates also is charged with burglary in a separate case. He robbed the Three Rivers Federal Credit Union branch on YMCA Drive on Aug. 1 and 6, police say. In both cases, he walked into the credit union, demanded money from a teller and left with cash, according to charging documents.