Vail WestStar Bank is robbed – again
An armed man carrying an umbrella robbed the WestStar Bank in Vail on Monday, the third robbery of the Hanson Ranch Road branch has been robbed in 13 months, police said.The man showed a handgun to one of two employees in the bank, although police refused to release the manner in which the suspect demanded the money. Neither employee was injured, police said.A customer also was in the bank around the time of the robbery, said Vail police Detective Sgt. Craig Bettis.The suspect fled on foot toward Hanson Ranch Road with an undisclosed amount of money, Bettis said.Police describe the man as white, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5-10, medium build, in his late 40s to 60s, and wearing an “NYPD” baseball cap, aviator sunglasses, green zippered jacket, gray slacks and white gloves. He was carrying an umbrella. The man also was unshaven and had a small cut on the left side of his lower lip, police said.Vail police and Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the robbery. The FBI joined the investigation Monday evening.The most recent robbery was Dec. 27, when a man gave a bank employee a note demanding cash, which he placed inside a bag he carried. The case remains unsolved.It is unknown whether Monday’s robbery is related to the Dec. 27 robbery, Bettis said.Anthony Prince and Luke Carroll, seasonal ski shop workers from Australia, also robbed the bank in March 2005. The two men, who carried unloaded BB guns, were convicted of robbing the bank of nearly $130,000 and are serving time in prison.Why the bank continually gets robbed is a unclear.”That’s the million-dollar question and I don’t know the answer,” Bettis said. “It’s had a lot of publicity and bank robbers pay attention to that. It might strike the interest of a bank robber.”Anyone with information about Monday’s robbery may call Vail police at 479-2201.
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