Old Colo. City bank robber still at large
Solo bandit rides off on bicyle with undisclosed amount of cash
Police are looking for clues in the robbery of Pikes Peak National Bank, 2401 W. Colorado Ave., just before the
bank's 5 p.m. closing time Thursday, April 8.|
The unknown criminal, described as a white man in his mid- to late 30s, fled down 24th Street on a ladies' bicycle and remains at large, according to Colorado Springs Police Detective Don Chagnon.
A “fair” amount of cash was stolen in the robbery, in which the man took cash from one teller window, Chagnon told the Westside Pioneer. He said it is policy not to disclose the exact amount stolen in such cases.
According to a police press release on the incident, “The suspect approached a teller and announced that he wanted to cash a check. He then added in a low voice, 'This is a hold-up, give me all of your money.' The teller then placed the currency into the suspect's bag. The male suspect then turned and left without saying another word.”
No weapon was displayed, Chagnon said.
After the man left the bank, an employee followed him out the door, but was only able to discern that he was riding a bicycle south on 24th - not which direction he went from there. Police later found a bike fitting the description at 23rd and Cucharras streets, Chagnon said.
Witnesses told police the robber was about 5-foot-11 and 160 lbs, no noticeable voice accent, wearing a blue vinyl raincoat, blue pants and white tennis shoes. He also had on a wide-brimmed hat, which prevented the bank camera from getting a good face shot.
The man may also have an accomplice (no description). Police are investigating a citizen's report of seeing a man in such a raincoat getting into a blue pickup truck at 22nd Street and Colorado Avenue shortly after the robbery. The truck reportedly then went north on 22nd and east on Uintah Street, Chagnon said.
He does not think the robbery was the work of professionals. “It was just somebody out for cash who knew enough to wear a hat,” he said.
The Colorado Springs Police Department is asking people with information about the robbery to contact Chagnon at 444-7821 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP. Anyone calling Crime Stoppers providing information that leads to the arrest in this case could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000.
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