Bank robbery in Durango

12 Dec

A bank robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash Monday at the First National Bank of Durango.

Police said a man in his mid-20s entered the bank and passed a note to the teller. He was nonthreatening and appeared to be unarmed, said Sgt. Ray Shupe, with the Durango Police Department.

He was not wearing a mask, and police had “some pretty good images” of the suspect from video-surveillance equipment, Shupe said.

No further description of the suspect was released.

The man left the bank in an unknown direction. It was not known if he had a getaway vehicle.

The incident occurred about 1:20 p.m. at the bank’s main branch, 259 W. Ninth St.

The bank was closed temporarily while police and the FBI investigated the crime. The bank reopened at 2:35 p.m., said Moni Grushkin, the bank’s senior vice president.

No one was injured, she said.

It is at least the sixth bank robbery in two years in La Plata County. The First National Bank of Durango’s Bayfield branch was robbed Sept. 22. Other robberies include: b Pine River Valley Bank, 1701 Main Ave., in April.

b Wells Fargo Bank, Ignacio, March 11.

b First National Bank of Durango Albertsons branch, 311 College Drive, May 7, 2008.

b Bank of the San Juans, 1710 Main Ave. in Durango, March 26, 2008.

In September 2009, a Denver jury found Michael Lee Montoya, 30, of Farmington, guilty on five bank robbery-related counts for a series of robberies in Southwest Colorado.

He was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison after a jury convicted him of five bank robbery counts. Montoya’s getaway driver, James C. McBride, is serving a 41-month sentence.

from The Durango Herald.


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