Denver dealing with rash of bank robberies

By: Andie Adams Email
By: Andie Adams Email

DENVER (KKCO) -- Halloween is still months away, but one group is already playing a dangerous game of trick or treat.

The Denver and Aurora Police Departments and the FBI's Rocky Mountain Safe Streets are searching for a group they've dubbed "The Trick or Treat Bandits," who may be responsible for nine bank robberies in the Denver area.

FBI Media Coordinator Dave Joly says the suspects are all described as black males in their early to mid 20s, between 5'6" and 6'0" in height, weighing between 160 and 200 pounds.

Photos from the scenes show the men carrying what appear to be handguns, and one is pictured with a pillowcase, which could be used as a trick-or-treat goodie bag of sorts.

According to witnesses, the men walk into the banks, demand money while threatening people with their weapon and then flee.

Jolly says they are considered armed and dangerous, so if you see them, do not approach them. Call law enforcement immediately at 303-629-7171. You can also remain anonymous and earn up to $2,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

If caught and convicted, the men can face 20 years in prison for each offense, and the punishment increases if a dangerous weapon is used.

The FBI believes "The Trick or Treat Bandits" are responsible for the following bank robberies:

  1. Dec. 3, 2012: U.S. Bank
    10190 East Colfax Ave, Aurora, Colorado

  2. Dec. 7, 2012: Chase Bank
    747 South Colorado Blvd, Denver, Colorado

  3. March 11, 2013: Chase Bank
    1038 East 6th Avenue, Denver, Colorado

  4. March 14, 2013: Wells Fargo Bank
    1001 South Monaco St, Denver, Colorado

  5. March 27, 2013: First Bank
    2850 North Quebec St, Denver, Colorado

  6. April 11, 2013: First Bank
    2850 North Quebec St, Denver, Colorado

  7. April 24, 2013: U.S. Bank
    1100 South Broadway, Denver, Colorado

  8. May 6, 2013: Community Banks of Colorado
    7900 East 1st Ave, Denver, Colorado

  9. May 15, 2013: Bellco Credit Union
    14302 East Cedar Ave, Aurora, Colorado


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