‘Dumb and Dumber’ robber of Vail bank returned to Australia
August 6, 2009
VAIL, Colo. – Luke Carroll, half of the so-called “Dumb and Dumber” duo that robbed a Vail Village bank in 2005, was returned to his home country of Australia this week, immigration officials said Wednesday.
Carroll was sentenced to five years in prison for his part in the WestStar Bank heist, in which he and friend Anthony Prince made off with about $130,000, only to be arrested a day later.
Carroll was escorted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials from the Allenwood Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania back to Australia on a plane Tuesday or Wednesday, said ICE spokesman Mark Medvesky.
Seasonal ski shop employees Carroll and Prince made headlines for their blunders during and after the robbery. As they robbed the bank using BB guns, they wore name tags from their ski shop and they did not disguise their accents, authorities said.
They reportedly used their ski passes to board a chairlift minutes after the robbery.
A day after the robbery, police used photos from a prior arrest – Carroll and Prince had allegedly shot paint balls at an East Vail house – to identify and arrest them at Denver International Airport as they tried to catch a flight to Mexico.
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Just before they were arrested, Carroll, then 19, and Prince, then 20, took photos of themselves in an airport bathroom holding wads of cash. They had also bought jewelry at a Denver store and tried to mail money back to Australia shortly before they were arrested, authorities said. More money was later found in airport garbage cans, police said.
Prince was sentenced to four and a half years in prison. He was released from jail and returned to Australia in February, according to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.