Close to 10 bank robberies in the Colorado Springs area have been linked to a father and his two sons.
Brock Butson, 51, and his sons Braden, 23, and Nicholas, 20, were arrested in September after several tips led detectives to a motel on the south side of Colorado Springs. They now face multiple charges for their alleged crime spree.
Thursday, the family returned to court for the start of their preliminary hearing, which is where the prosecution will try and prove to the judge that there's enough evidence to go to trial.
Investigators say the men hit their first bank in May when they robbed the Academy Bank on Briargate Boulevard. They allegedly went on to rob that bank four more times. A security guard scared one of the suspects off during a fifth attempt in late August, after which investigators say the men began striking other banks in El Paso County--including one on Garden of the Gods just hours after the last attempt at Academy Bank.
In each of the robberies, only one man was seen. For awhile, police thought they were looking for one suspect, not three.
According to court papers obtained by 11 News in September, Nicholas Butson told police he was only involved in one robbery, and that his father and brother were involved in the other crimes.
The arrest affidavit went on to say that Brock and Braden both denied their involvement in the crimes.
Police say Brock drove the getaway car, while his sons committed the robberies.
In court Thursday, Braden and Nicholas waived their prelims, and will be in court next in November for an arraignment. Braden's attorney says the prosecution has given them two offers, which they are considering. The attorney did not elaborate on what those offers were.
Brock had his prelim rescheduled for November 7.
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