Bandaged robber hits Junction bank | AspenTimes.com

Bandaged robber hits Junction bank

Paul Shockley
Grand Junction correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” A man armed with a scrawled bogus bomb threat walked away with cash from a Grand Junction bank late Thursday afternoon, police said.

The robber ” described by police as a dark-skinned Hispanic male with both arms appearing burned and heavily bandaged ” walked into First National Bank of the Rockies and handed a woman teller a note claiming he had a bomb. He demanded cash, handed her a bag and left out the front door.

Grand Junction police wouldn’t say how much money he got away with.

A teller ” it wasn’t clear if it was the same employee who encountered the robber ” called 911 at 4:55 p.m.

“Why don’t people go get a job and work for a living?” said Augustine Bustos, a California resident who’d left the engine running on his truck for a quick grocery run at nearby Safeway shortly before the robbery.

Bustos walked out of the store and found his truck in a taped-off crime scene. Police took the names and telephone numbers of drivers parked in a lot just west of the bank while police K-9 dogs tracked two scents heading in opposite directions from the bank.

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Ten employees were inside the bank. Nobody was hurt. Police would not release the exact wording of the robber’s note.

Aside from the tan-colored bandages covering both arms, the suspect had a burn mark or scar on his left cheek, police spokeswoman Linda Bowman said.

He appeared to be in his 30s, 6 feet tall with a medium build, and wore a blue “beanie” which had a white stripe. He wore a white T-shirt under a blue jogging suit, with mirrored, squared and white-framed sunglasses.

A bank official said the First National branch has standard surveillance video cameras.

The bank was expected to open for normal business Friday.

A pair of FBI agents were called to the bank, assisting in the investigation, Bowman said.

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