DENVER (CBS4) – The search for a habitual bank robber who is believed to be armed and dangerous is focused on the Denver metro area.
Robert Gil Estes, 59, is suspected of robbing a bank in Denver last week and robbed a bank inside a King Soopers on Tuesday morning. Surveillance cameras inside the grocery store, located at 101 Englewood Parkway, captured the robbery as it happened.READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Summer Could See Big Decline In Cases
In the images, Estes’ hand is seen tucked under his sweatshirt, which makes it seem like he has a gun.
“For that reason, we believe him to be a significant threat to public safety,” U.S. Marshall’s Service spokesman Charles Ahmad said.
He then approaches the teller, leans in to demand money, and is given a stack of bills.READ MORE: Colorado Company Meritech Doubles Automatic Hand Washing Machine Production During Pandemic
Estes is wanted for escaping from federal custody on Oct. 16. He was released from a prison in Englewood and failed to report to a halfway house near the intersection of Federal and Yale.
Instead, he hailed a cab and then had the cab driver take him to a U.S. Bank at Broadway and Mississippi. FBI officials say Estes robbed that bank and that in that crime he also had a hand in his pocket, making it look like he had a gun.
Authorities are concerned that Estes will strike again — and that the crimes might become more brazen — if he isn’t captured soon.
“It’s our No. 1 priority. We have significant resources dedicated to locating and apprehending Gil Estes as we speak,” Ahmad said.
Estes robbed a bank in 1995 with a gun. In 2003 he called in a fake bomb to rob another bank.MORE NEWS: 'My Heart Goes Out To His Daughters': Barry Morphew's Neighbor Reacts To Murder Charges In Suzanne Morphew Case
The U.S. Marshall’s office is offering a $2,500 cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call (877) WAN-TED2.