DENVER (CBS4) – An Adams County woman who recently confronted the two men police are calling the “Brothers Bandits” told CBS4 she had no idea her neighbors were in trouble with the law.
Vanessa Valentine and her family live next door to the apparent home of suspects Vyacheslav and Denis Volkov. She said she and her husband complained to the two men about the loud music and barking dog coming from the area next door, which is a storage facility.
“They were living right next to us while we have they two kids here,” Valentine said. “It makes me very nervous.”
Agents with the FBI believe the brothers may be drug addicts who are using cash they are stealing from banks in the Denver metro area to buy more drugs. They announced on Thursday that they are suspected in the robberies of four banks, including one on Tuesday in Denver at 2084 South Broadway.
Regional FBI spokesman Dave Joly says in the first two robberies the brothers used a note and in the next two they showed a weapon.
“We’re concerned. Historically bank robbers will continue to rob banks until they’re apprehended and we’re concerned they are going to get more brazen as they go forward,” Joly said.
The Volkovs have lived in Colorado for 18 years. Vyacheslav, who is known as “Slavic,” has an extensive arrest record including felony robbery and assault charges in Westminster, Thornton and Adams County. He is 31 and his brother Denis is 19.
“The younger brother stays in the vehicle. He’s the getaway driver,” Joly said.
Police are actively searching for the pair, who is believed to have committed the following bank robberies:
On Aug. 3 at 3:55 p.m.
2850 North Quebec Street
On Aug. 5 at 5:06 p.m.
5971 West 88th Avenue
On Monday at 3:27 p.m.
4301 East 120th Avenue
On Tuesday at 4:04 p.m.
2084 South Broadway
“Our concern is that we get these individuals off the street just as fast as possible,” said Joly.
Vyacheslav was described as being a white male, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes and Denis was described as a white male, 5-foot-8, 160 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Vyacheslav speaks with a heavy accent while Denis does not.
Valentine said she has little sympathy for her neighbors.
“I hope they go to jail and don’t come out for a long time,” she said.
If anyone has any information on the bank robberies described above they are asked to call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at (303) 629-7171 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).