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Bank robbed by duo wearing George Bush masks

21 Apr

COLORADO SPRINGS — Two men were said to be wearing George W. Bush Halloween masks — or maybe masks of his father — when they robbed a bank at gunpoint in north Colorado Springs on Wednesday morning, the Gazette reports.

The robbery occurred about 11:20 a.m., when the pair, armed with handguns, grabbed cash from at least one teller at American National Bank, 1095 W. Garden of the Gods Road, police told the newspaper.

Drive-through bank robbery in Denver

28 Mar

Denver police are looking for a man they said robbed a bank through the drive-through window.

Police responded at 11:34 a.m. Saturday to a US Bank branch at 4930 Colorado Blvd. after a man demanded money through the drive-through window. A representative for the Denver Police Department didn’t know whether the suspect was armed or how he was able to get the money.

Statistics were not immediately available, but police said robberies through drive-through windows are uncommon.

‘Blessings Bandit’ has pulled off five Denver bank robberies

22 Mar

The FBI is looking for the “Blessings Bandit”, who is suspected in five bank robberies in the Denver area, including a Lakewood bank Saturday and a Centennial bank Monday morning.

The TCF Bank branch at 7595 West Colfax Ave. in Lakewood was robbed at about 9 a.m. Saturday, and the Chase Bank branch at 7490 South University Blvd. in Centennial was robbed just before 11 a.m. today.

In each of the robberies, his note demanding cash and threatening violence ended with “God bless,” authorities said.

Two area bank robberies

14 Mar

At 8:10 on Thursday morning a suspect entered the Colorado Business Bank at 821 17th St., according to a news release from the FBI in Denver. The suspect presented a note demanding money. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

At 5:50 p.m. on Friday a suspect entered Academy Bank on 9901 Grant St. in Thornton and demanded money, according to a news release from the FBI in Denver. The man, who acted like he had a weapon, fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

‘Pro’ bank robbers netted $64K in Colorado Springs

12 Mar

Two men are accused of committing eight bank robberies in Colorado Springs and Fountain in which they took turns accosting tellers at gunpoint, Colorado Springs police said Friday.

Police described Daryl Keener and Gary Cyprian as “career criminals” who netted more than $64,000 in a scheme meant to make police believe that only one man was responsible for the heists.

“If there were such a thing as a pro bank robber in the area, they were it,” detective Sgt. Dale Fox said at a news conference.

Keener, 30, and Cyprian, 28, met in prison, worked for the same employer and spent “nearly every waking hour together,” during which they worked out a uniform approach to robbing banks, Fox said.

One man entered the bank with a handgun while the other waited in a getaway car.

“They would walk in and tell the customers to get on the floor, and they were very comfortable doing it,” Fox said.

The men — who wore hooded sweatshirts and masks — used similar language to ask for large bills and warn clerks against placing security features such as dye packs or GPS beacons in the cash.

Police say Keener brought the expertise about bank security and police investigative tactics: He was sentenced in a bank robbery in 2003 and served six years.

The robberies started Dec. 28 and ended March 8, just a few days after police got lucky by finding a business with surveillance footage of a sport-utility vehicle fleeing a March 3 robbery at Key Bank, 1115 Elkton Drive, Fox said.

An employee of the business later recognized the same vehicle driving down the street more than two miles away.

This time, however, the worker had a view of the rear license plate that couldn’t be seen on the surveillance footage. The plate was traced to a Dodge Durango belonging to Cyprian and his wife, police said.

Police turned up four weapons while searching a garage used by Keener, including three pistols and a semiautomatic variant of a Fabrique Nationale carbine rifle generally associated with military special forces groups.

The pair are in El Paso County jail on $100,000 bail each.

Three Denver-area bank robberies

11 Mar

On Feb. 18 at 9:41 a.m. a suspect entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 3333 S. Bannock St. and presented a note demanding money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a news release from the FBI Denver Division.

On March 1, a suspect entered the Key Bank at 2776 N. Speer Blvd. at 11 a.m. This man also presented a note demanding money, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

On March 8 at 12:39 p.m. a suspect entered the Compass Bank at 4600 South Broadway in Englewood, according to a news release from the FBI Denver Division. The suspect presented a note demanding money and fled with an unknown amount of cash.

Wells Fargo bank robbed in Boulder

1 Mar

Boulder police and are looking for a man suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo bank at about 5:30 p.m. tonight, police said.

A man walked into the bank at 1690 Canyon Ave. and handed a teller a note demanding money, police said. Witnesses told police the suspect claimed to have a gun, but no weapon was visible.

The teller gave the man an unknown amount of cash. The suspect then left the bank and ran southbound, police said. Police said no one was hurt in the robbery.

Bank robberies

31 Aug

Downtown Denver:

Authorities are looking for a man who robbed the Bank of the West at 621 17th St. in Denver today at 12:20 p.m., according to an FBI news release.

A man walked into the bank with a note demanding money.

Wheat Ridge:

The FBI is looking for a man who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank branch at Applewood Village in Wheat Ridge this afternoon.

The man slipped a note demanding money to teller just after 2 p.m. at the bank at 12601 W. 32nd Ave., according to the FBI.

Armed robber attempts to drown police dog

15 Aug

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—A police dog in Grand Junction is recovering after a suspect allegedly tried to drown the canine.

The German Shepherd named Oldo tracked down 38-year-old Richard Stieb a quarter-mile away from a suspected robbery late Wednesday.

Officers say Oldo bit Stieb and then Stieb grabbed the dog with both hands and they both rolled into an irrigation canal. An officer then jumped on Stieb. A handgun was found near where Stieb had been lying on the ground.

Because of that, Mesa County sheriff’s deputies think Oldo helped keep a bad situation from turning worse.

Oldo suffered bruises to his ears, face and neck. Water and small rocks were found in his stomach.

He’s expected to return to duty Saturday.

JV Bandit robs fifth bank

15 Aug

The suspected serial bank robber the FBI calls “The JV Bandit” held up the Chase Bank at 3850 N. Wadsworth Blvd. in Wheat Ridge just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The same man is suspected in at least four other bank robberies in the western metro area since October 2008. Most recently, he was named as a suspect in the robbery of the 1st Bank at 4350 N. Wadsworth Blvd. in Wheat Ridge on July 13.

The other three robberies were in 2008: the Chase Bank at 14417 W. Colfax Ave. in Lakewood, the Key Bank at 1222 Arapahoe St. in Golden and the U.S. Bank at 1801 Jackson St. in Golden, the FBI stated.

He was nicknamed because he often wears sports attire, including a letter jacket on at least one occasion.