Vail bank robbed a third time |

Vail bank robbed a third time

J.K. Perry
Vail police released this photo of a man suspected of robbing the WestStar bank in Vail Monday.

VAIL ” An armed man carrying an umbrella robbed the Vail WestStar Bank Monday, the third time the Hanson Ranch Road branch has been robbed in 13 months, police said.

The man showed a handgun to one of two employees in the bank and fled on foot with an undetermined amount of money, police said.

Neither employee was injured, police said.

Police describe the man as white, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, medium build, in his late 40s to 60s, and wearing an “NYPD” baseball cap, aviator sunglasses, green zippered jacket, gray slacks and white gloves.

He was carrying an umbrella. The man also was unshaven and had a small cut on the left side of his lower lip, police said.

Vail police and Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the robbery. The FBI is expected to join the investigation.

The bank was last robbed Dec. 27 of an undisclosed amount of money by a man who gave a bank employee a note demanding cash, which he placed inside a bag he carried. The case remains unsolved.

The bank also was robbed in March 2005 by Anthony Prince and Luke Carroll, seasonal ski shop workers from Australia. The two men, who carried unloaded BB guns, were convicted of robbing the bank of nearly $130,000 and are serving time in prison.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Vail police at 479-2201.

Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or

Vail, Colorado

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