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Police see similarities in bank heists

J.K. Perry
Courtesy Vail Police DepartmentA police sketch of the suspect in the December robbery of WestStar bank.

VAIL ” Local police and the FBI suspect the man who robbed the Vail WestStar Bank on July 3 is the same man who stole cash from the bank nearly eight months ago, Vail police reported.

Both men look similar and used a note to demand money from employees at the Hanson Ranch Road bank, said Vail police Detective Sgt. Craig Bettis.

The Dec. 27 suspect is described as a white man is in his early 50s, 6 feet tall and 220 pounds. He was wearing navy-blue pants and a navy-blue nylon jacket with a light-blue stripe across the chest and another stripe on the inside arms. He was wearing a beanie, sunglasses and thin, white cotton gloves.

The most recent suspect is described as a white man in his late 40s to 60s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a black “NYPD” ball cap, aviator sunglasses, green jacket, gray slacks and white gloves. He carried a black umbrella.

In the second robbery, the man showed a handgun to a bank employee, who was in the bank with another employee and a customer, police said.

In each case, the suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

The July 3 robbery is the third heist at the Vail WestStar Bank in just over 15 months. The March 21 robbery committed by seasonal workers Anthony Prince and Luke Carroll received international attention when press in the culprits’ home country of Australia dubbed the two “Dumb and Dumber.”

Carroll and Prince were convicted of using unloaded BB guns to steal nearly $130,000. Carroll was sentenced to five years in prison while Prince got 4 1/2 years.

Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or jkperry@vaildaily.com.

Vail, Colorado

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