Friday, July 29, 2011

UPDATE:Armed Man Wearing Surgical Mask Robs Cedaredge Bank

By Matt Kroschel

BREAKING NEWS: "We have got our guys, and the money," Cedaredge Police Department acting spokesman Rob Fiedler told KREX NewsChannel 5 armed Robbery suspects caught in Mesa County.

Mesa County Sheriff officials say they have detained three people who may be linked to a string of armed robberies on the Western Slope. The three suspects were seen in a vehicle matching the suspects get-a-way truck.


The Cedaredge Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are on the hunt for a man they say robbed the Surface Creek Bank on South Grand Mesa Drive this morning.

A description was released of a 5-foot, 10-inch, white man with scrubby facial hair carrying a pistol and wearing a surgical mask. He further is described as wearing a red T-shirt and is outfitted with a backpack, according to the scanner. The man’s T-shirt has a Sherwin-Williams logo.

We do not know how much money was taken during the robbery. We are told he fled the scene in a dark green or black, older model GMC sports car heading north toward Grand Mesa, reports indicate.

Montrose’s Alpine Bank was robbed June 24 by a man with scrubby facial hair and wearing a surgical mask. The suspect in that robbery brandished a gun and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police believe he headed north on Highway 65 over the Grand Mesa. They tell us at this time they do not believe there was anyone else involved.

The Delta Police Department, Delta County Sheriff's Office, and Colorado State Patrol are assisting in the investigation.

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