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Glenwood bank robbery suspect arrested in Vegas

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

Jeffrey Smith

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Jeffrey Smith’s luck ran out in Las Vegas.

Smith, 27, of Glenwood Springs, was arrested on suspicion of federal bank robbery charges and parole violation Monday in Las Vegas, according to a news release from the Glenwood Springs Police Department.

Smith allegedly robbed the Alpine Bank in West Glenwood Springs on Dec. 15. Police said investigators followed up on leads, identified evidence and compiled information on possible suspects.

“Several days into the investigation a primary suspect was identified,” the news release says.

Glenwood Springs police asked Las Vegas police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Fugitive Task Force to arrest Smith in Las Vegas. Authorities said he was picked up at a hotel in the late afternoon. A message left with Las Vegas police wasn’t returned.

The Glenwood Springs Police Department and FBI conducted the investigation.

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Police Chief Terry Wilson said he could not discuss details such as what led to the arrest or how much was stolen from the bank. He said he did not know if Smith was gambling with some of the money he allegedly stole.

Alpine Bank president Bill Sanderson said, “We’re just thrilled that the investigation produced a suspect so quickly. To have an arrest within a week of the robbery is fantastic.”

He said bank employees did not know Smith and Smith was not connected to the bank in any way.

“All the bankers can rest easy knowing this guy’s not out there waiting to do it again,” Sanderson said.

The robber entered the bank around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. Police said the man displayed a semi-automatic weapon and gave a note to a teller before leaving the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. The man wasn’t wearing a mask and appeared in grainy bank security camera images.

This isn’t Smith’s first run-in with the law. He received a two-year prison sentence in February 2007 for a theft conviction, according to the Garfield County Combined Courts office. It appears that he he was released early.

“The staff at Alpine Bank deserves special recognition for their calm, professional handling of a very intense situation. Their training and assistance was critical to this case being solved in such a rapid fashion,” police said in the news release.

The same Alpine Bank was robbed around 10 years ago and the suspect fled in a bicycle.

pfowler@postindependent.com

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