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Police release images of Tuesday’s bank heist

Naomi Havlen

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person who robbed a local bank on Tuesday .

A man who claimed to have a bomb got away with an undisclosed amount of money from a teller at the bank on Tuesday. He escaped on foot.

Several images taken from the bank’s surveillance videos were released yesterday, showing him entering the bank, his face covered from just below his eyes with a piece of fabric, with a black bag. The images then show the robber speaking with a bank teller, who opens up her cashdrawer and pushes bills across the counter while he fills a brown paper bag with the money.

The heist took 58 seconds from the time the robber entered the bank to the time he exited via the bank’s front door, according to the surveillance footage.

The suspect is described as 5-foot-6, white, about 180 bounds, with brown eyes, short dark hair and a large bald spot. Witnesses told police he was wearing a tan canvas coat, black pants and white tennis shoes.

Aspen Police Deputy Chief of Operations Glenn Schaffer said the images will be analyzed and enhanced, with help from the FBI, to help identify the suspect. Police often use images from bank surveillance cameras during investigations, although Schaffer said that in Aspen those investigations are often for fraud.

Investigators are following “quite a bit” of leads received from the community, said Joe DiSalvo, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department head of investigations.

Steve Briggs, manager of the Alpine Bank at the Aspen Airport Business Center, informed police of the reward on Thursday.


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