Glenwood Springs police say little about Alpine Bank heist
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Law enforcement remained very tight-lipped with virtually no additional information about a bank robbery in West Glenwood Springs, Colorado being released Tuesday.
Police Chief Terry Wilson said he could not discuss how much was stolen, whether there was more than one suspect, whether a weapon was used, or other details of the robbery because the case is under investigation.
The Alpine Bank by the Glenwood Springs Mall was robbed Monday shortly before 5 p.m. Two employees were present during the robbery but no one was injured. The FBI is assisting with the investigation.
Wilson confirmed that there was also an armed robbery at the Ramada Inn around three weeks ago, but he said there is no reason to suspect the same person or people were involved.
Bruce Robinson, an Alpine Bank regional president, said neither he nor the employees from the West Glenwood Alpine Bank branch could share their accounts of the robbery due to company policy and requests from authorities for the bank to keep quiet about it. He said the most important thing is that no one was hurt, and money is insignificant compared to people’s safety.
He said the two seasoned bank employees at the branch were “doing fine” and business was continuing as usual. The employees handled the situation “perfectly” and followed bank security procedures, he said.
The employees remained calm, did as they were told during the robbery and utilized an emergency notification button to alert authorities and also called 911, Robinson said.
He acknowledged that a bank robbery could make any employee uneasy.
“I think it heightens our awareness that it can happen here,” he said.
The same Alpine Bank was robbed about 10 years ago. Instead of a get-away car, the robber used a bicycle to flee the scene. Robinson said the robber was eventually caught and convicted. Wilson said that’s the last bank robbery he remembers in Glenwood Springs.
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