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Are Colorado bank robberies a crime spree are signs of a bad economy?

Posted in Misc Crime December 21st, 2009 @ 10:09 am

In just one week in the Denver, Colorado area, there have been fourteen bank robberies. In just one day, four Denver area banks were robbed. There were three a day each on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and another was reported on Thursday.

So far, no one has been caught but all the suspects have stolen undisclosed sums of money. Colorado ranks 5th in the nation in per-capita bank robberies. Last year, 135 Colorado banks were robbed – that averages about two or three a week. This year the total number of robberies is nearing 200.

The FBI says there does not seem to be a pattern in the bank robberies. However, the FBI said the same man might have robbed the same bank last Friday. This man smelled of alcohol at another bank robbery. The increase of bank robberies around the holidays are concerning to the FBI and agents are afraid some could turn aggressive and result in injuries.

Law enforcement authorities say that this alarming bank robbery trend may be connected to the holiday season and a reflection of a bad economy. However, law-abiding citizens are not robbing banks at this alarming rate. These are criminals looking for money for drugs and booze, and not looking to fill Christmas stockings or buying gifts for their kids and family.

Bank robbery is a felony and a Federal crime. On the average, over sixty percent of robbers are caught within 18 months after robbing a bank. If anyone has information about the bank robberies, contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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