No breaks in Glenwood bank robbery
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – What started as a cold trail turned colder over the weekend as local law enforcement officials were unable to locate an unknown man who robbed a US Bank in downtown Glenwood Springs on Friday afternoon.
“Employees at the bank saw him go out the back, and that was pretty much it,” Glenwood Springs Police Lt. Bill Kimminau said Monday. “We don’t know if he got in a car or was on foot or what.”
There are similarities to another bank robbery that took place the previous day at the Clifton Alpine Bank outside Grand Junction, Kimminau said.
“We are working with Mesa County to see if there may be any ties to that case,” he said. “At this point, we’ll follow up on any leads or tips we get.”
The Friday incident in Glenwood Springs took place at the US Bank location at 802 Grand Ave. The thief made off with an undisclosed amount of cash after fleeing out the back door into an alley.
The robbery took place at about 1:40 p.m., when a man entered the bank and handed one of the tellers a note demanding cash. The man indicated in the note that he had a gun, but he never actually displayed it, according to police.
No one was injured during the incident. Video surveillance cameras in the bank captured images of the suspect that have since been distributed to other law enforcement agencies and the local news media.
The suspect was described as a white male, about 5-foot-10 or 5-11, “average weight,” with a dark goatee-type beard. He had dark-rimmed glasses and was last seen wearing a dark-colored ball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front, and blue jeans.
Police officers immediately began searching the downtown area, and other area law enforcement agencies were on heightened alert in an attempt to locate the suspect Friday night and into the weekend.
Officers also combed the downtown area for much of the afternoon Friday looking for any clues or witnesses.
The Clifton bank robbery occurred around 4 p.m. Thursday at the Alpine Bank located at 3243 Interstate 70 Business. The suspect in that incident was described as a white male, approximately 45 to 50 years old and 5-foot-11 with dark hair and a mustache. He reportedly fled in an older-model Subaru WRX, according to Mesa County officials.
Similar to the Glenwood Springs incident, the Clifton suspect presented a note to the teller claiming to have a weapon, although no weapon was observed by bank employees or witnesses.
Anyone with information should call either the Glenwood Springs Police Department at 970-384-6500 or the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at 970-244-3929.
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