DENVER (CBS4) – Two different bank robberies in a short span of time in Denver by two different criminals may be connected.
Police say the crimes were similar enough that they suspect there could be a tie. They are now trying to locate the two men who were responsible. Detectives don’t have any leads so far, and they say both men should be considered dangerous.
The first crime took place on Tuesday at 10:35 a.m. at the Bank of the West on 17th Street in Downtown Denver.
A white male wearing blue shirt and bucket hat showed the clerk a note, grabbed the money and ran away.
The second robbery took place two hours later at the Bank of the West in Denver’s upscale Cherry Creek neighborhood. The robber entered the bank at 1st and Steele at 12:36 p.m.
He was black and wearing a gray hoodie and a Houston Texans hat and carried what appeared to be a gun.
“He actually had a gun tucked into his waistband. He showed the weapon to the clerk then also presented a note,” Denver police spokesman Ronald Hackett said.
After that he took the money and ran away.
“He’s definitely armed and dangerous,” Hackett said.
Residents in Cherry Creek described the crimes as unnerving.
“It’s definitely surprises me,” Russ Nipper said.
“That’s scary to know that bank robbers are on the loose, especially armed,” resident Cheryl Spriggs said.
Anyone with information that might help police in their investigation is asked to call 720-913-2000.