The FBI is hoping the release of a list of 13 bank robberies on the Front Range last year by a man dubbed the “Clearinghouse Bandit” combined with clear surveillance images will lead to an arrest.
The FBI says the robberies took place in Denver, Aurora and Colorado Springs. They first one is believed to have happened in August and the most recent one took place on Dec. 10.
Authorities gave the suspect that nickname because he often carried what appeared to be a magazine during the crimes with robbery notes hidden inside. The FBI explained further: “Publishers Clearing House is an American multi-channel direct-marketing company that offers discounted magazine subscriptions.”
In most of the crimes the man “entered the bank, presented a demand note, and fled.” Denver police said last month that he told bank employees he had a weapon, and that in some of the robberies he may have been working with an accomplice.
(credit: Denver Police)
Below lies the list provided by the FBI of the robberies he is believed to be responsible for:
- Wednesday, Aug. 1, 12:35 p.m. TCF Bank, 640 16th Street, Denver
- Monday, Aug. 20, 2:45 p.m. Public Service Credit Union, 815 N Colorado Blvd., Denver
- Wednesday, Sept. 19, 12 p.m., Public Service Credit Union, 1113 N Abilene Street, Aurora
- Tuesday, Sept. 25, 12:34 p.m., Space Age Federal Credit Union, 2495 S Havana Street, Aurora
- Tuesday, Sept. 25, 12:48 p.m., Public Service Credit Union, 815 N Colorado Blvd, Denver
- Wednesday, Oct. 3, 11:19 a.m., Chase Bank, 2986 N Speer Blvd, Denver
- Friday, Oct. 10, 10:25 a.m., Compass Bank, 4988 N Federal Blvd. Denver
- Wednesday Oct. 24, 10:55 a.m., Chase Bank, 747 S Colorado Blvd., Denver
- Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4:20 p.m., Security Services Federal Credit Union, 1901 N Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs
- Thursday, Nov. 1, 11:07 a.m., Credit Union of Colorado, 13732 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora
- Thursday, Nov. 1, 12:37 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank, 1777 W. 38th Ave., Denver
- Friday, Nov. 23, Friday, 12:25 p.m., TFC Bank, 640 16th St. Denver, Colorado
- Monday, Dec. 10, 12 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank, 1777 W. 38th Ave. Denver
The suspect was described as being 25 to 40 with a heavy build, black, between 6 feet and 6-foot-5 and weighing between 220 and 260 pounds.
Authorities have not said how much money was taken in the robberies.
Anyone with more information about the crimes or the suspect is asked to call police.
FBI spokesman Dave Joly said in a prepared statement about the case that the “FBI continues to provide financial institutions with the best practices for security to make them less vulnerable to robberies.”
The following contact/award information was released by the FBI:
If anyone has any information on the bank robbery please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171; or, you can remain anonymous and earn up to two thousand dollars ($2,000) by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).
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