Glenwood Springs—The search for a would-be bank robber in West Glenwood Springs has been suspended for now. According to Lieutenant Bill Kimminau with the Glenwood Springs Police Department, investigators are gathering more information and evidence from Alpine Bank near the Glenwood Springs Mall.
Police say a man, described as having a “dark complexion” and wearing a tightly cinched-up hoodie sweatshirt, followed a bank employee into the building this morning around 9 o’clock as she unlocked the door, forced his way in and left what Police Chief Terry Wilson described as a “suspicious looking package” on the floor. The man fled on foot toward Glenwood Springs Ford and reportedly left behind a few articles of clothing. Meanwhile, Lt. Kimminau says a bomb squad called to the scene, used a robotic device and determined the package was a hoax.
For about two and a half hours, Glenwood Springs Middle School and Two Rivers Community School were ordered to be locked-in their buildings while law enforcement officers from Glenwood, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol and other agencies blocked streets and combed the neighborhood looking for the suspect. This is the third time in the last nine years that the West Glenwood Alpine Bank has been targeted by robbersin December of 2008 and June of 2014. Authorities aren’t sure if the suspect in today’s attempt made off with any loot.
Even though the suspect has not been caught yet, Lt. Kimminau says there is no danger to the public.