WestStar robbery suspect still at large | VailDaily.com

WestStar robbery suspect still at large

J.K. Perry
Vail Police DepartmentPolice describe the suspect as white, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, medium build and in his late 40s to 60s.

VAIL ” Police investigators say they hope the release of improved photos from Monday robbery of WestStar Bank in Vail might spark additional leads to catch the armed robber.

The Vail Village bank has been robbed three times in the last 13 months.

Sgt. Craig Bettis, a Vail police detective, said he is working with the FBI to determine “what we have.”

On Monday, an armed man carrying an umbrella and wearing white gloves robbed the WestStar Bank on Hanson Ranch Road, Vail police said.

The amount of money stolen and manner in which he demanded the money has not been shared by police.

At the time two bank employees were working. Another man entered the bank around the time of the robbery, police said. No one was injured.

Bettis said he did not want to give details of how Vail are investigating this robbery.

“We have some tools we utilize in our investigative resources,” he said. “Mostly we go off leads from calls from the public” and evidence from the crime scene.

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 and gray slacks. The man also was unshaven and had a small cut on the left side of his lower lip, police said.

Previously, the bank was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money on Dec. 27 by a man who demanded cash in a note given to a bank teller. The case is unsolved.

In March 2005, seasonal ski shop workers Anthony Prince and Luke Carroll of Australia robbed the bank with unloaded BB guns and later were convicted of stealing nearly $130,000. The two are serving time in prison.

The two employees in the bank on Monday were not victims in the two previous robberies, Bettis said.

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

Vail, Colorado

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