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70-year-old arrested after robbing Denver-area bank

Bill Scanlon
Rocky Mountain News

DENVER, Colorado ” Dammy McClanahan turned 70 this year, but apparently, you’re never too old to rob a bank.

McClanahan was arrested Monday night after fleeing the scene of a bank robbery in Wheat Ridge, Special Agent Kathy Wright of the Colorado FBI office said today.

McClanahan, who lives in Phoenix, entered the Wells Fargo Bank on West 32nd Avenue in Wheat Ridge about 6 p.m. Monday and demanded money, she said.

When he got it, he took off, fleeing southbound on I-25, Wright said.

The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force was alerted, and officers from Wheat Ridge, Denver, Castle Rock, the State Patrol and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office all helped look for him.

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Officers from Douglas County and Castle Rock were able to trace McClanahan’s vehicle and set up a road block on southbound I-25 at Founder’s Parkway, Wright said.

“They walked back and found him in the car,” about an hour after the robbery, she said.

He was driving a car with an Arizona license plate, and when he was arrested the cash was clearly visible inside the car, she said.

A bank robbery suspect in his 70s is rare, said Wright, who can’t remember one this old, but remembers a suspect in his early 60s in New York.

McClanahan is being held in Douglas County Jail. A federal complaint charging him with bank robbery is expected Wednesday.

A photo of McClanahan isn’t being released until it is used in a photo lineup for witnesses.

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