Three Denver-area banks robbed

15 Dec

The FBI is investigating a rash of bank robberies that happened Monday afternoon. There were three within an hour and a half.

Two of the bank robberies were in Denver and the third was along Sheridan Boulevard in Westminster.

There’ve been more than 170 bank robberies in Colorado this year. That puts Colorado second in the nation for the most bank robberies per capita, just behind Oregon.

Right now the FBI doesn’t think Monday’s three holds up are connected but said the number of robberies in the short span of time is pretty unusual and kept their agents busy for most of the day.

The FBI said that all three robberies happened around the noon hour. The first was at the TCF Bank near Evans and University just before noon. About 30 minutes later a Bank of the West in Westminster was hit. There was a sign on the door said the bank was closed for an emergency and customers were turned away while police and the FBI conducted their investigations.

The last hold up was just before 1 p.m. at the ENT Credit Union near 15th and Wynkoop where a sign was also on the door that told customers that the credit union was temporarily closed for business.

The FBI says bank robberies are on the rise in the metro area, especially during the holiday season, but FBI spokesperson David Joly said the criminals aren’t getting away with much.

“This isn’t something where they’re getting into the safe, and that’s where the larger amounts of money are, and they’re not doing that,” Joly said. “This is just something where they can get in, get out and get a small marginal amount of cash.”

The FBI says the best way banks can protect themselves is by using surveillance cameras to capture images of any suspects.

from CBS4 news.

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