Bandaged robber hits Junction bank |

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.

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.