Arrest made in Breckenridge armed robbery
summit daily news
Vail, CO Colorado
BRECKENRIGE – A Michigan man was arrested last week after evidence linked him to an April 5 armed robbery at Breckenridge’s Bank of the West. Joseph Anthony Sexton was taken into custody May 20 near Detroit, while hiding in the attic of a relative’s home. He’s currently being held in the Macomb County Jail in Mt. Clemens, Mich., while awaiting extradition back to Colorado. Sexton was also wanted in Michigan on an outstanding felony assault warrant.
According to a press release, the April 5 robbery was reported after a white male in his 20s drew a gun on a Loomis Armored Car employee and demanded he turn over the bank bag. The suspect – who wore a light-colored, hooded sweatshirt, blue sweatpants with white stripes down the legs, a bandana and large sunglasses – then left the scene on foot. Following the incident, a joint investigation was launched by the Breckenridge Police Department and the FBI’s Glenwood Springs office.
A break-through in the armed robbery case occured April 28, when Sexton was taken into custody by Summit County Sheriff’s deputies. At the time, they were investigating two burglaries in Blue River.
Sexton was released by the Summit County Sherrif’s Office after bonding out on the Blue River burglary charges, said Breckenridge Police Department’s public information officer Kim Green. Because deputies recognized items in Sexton’s car matching clothing worn in photographs of the robbery, Green said the Breckenridge Police Department then had enough evidence to execute search warrants and then an arrest warrent on May 14.
Sexton now faces state charges of aggravated robbery in Breckenridge’s county court, with a bond of $50,000. The amount stolen in the robbery has not been disclosed.