Photos: $50K reward for Trash-Talking Bandits after biggest recent Colorado bank robbery
They may have been dressed like paranoid beekeepers, but their foul-mouthed ways earned them a much tougher-sounding nickname: the Trash-Talking Bandits. And they're wanted for what the FBI believes is among the biggest bank robberies in Colorado history, as well as one with a bizarre aftermath. How so? Apparently, one of the bandits gave some, but not all, of the purloined cash to his attorney, who returned it to the authorities. But because the lawyer won't name his client, law enforcers are naming him. Photos, video and the weird details below.
Big photos, video below.
At 4:08 p.m. on January 21, according to the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, two bandits hit the Wells Fargo branch at 7401 Federal Boulevard in Westminster. The bank is captured in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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The feds highlight the violence of the heist. The men, who are said to be of "unknown race" owing to their elaborate swaddling, employed a "take-over style," using handguns "to intimidate and terrify victim employees and bank customers," including "placing the barrel of a gun to the head of bank employees." Afterward, customers and workers alike are said to have been traumatized by the experience, with one bank staffer not yet able to return to work more than a month later.
For the next couple of weeks, investigators were stymied. But then, on February 4, the FBI Denver Field Office connected with attorney Michael Pellow, who presented agents with what's described as "a substantial amount of cash" -- a claim substantiated by a photo provided by the FBI:
The bills were delivered in the green "Sportsman's Dry Box" seen here....
...with the box itself inside a blue-and-yellow duffel bag emblazoned with the words "HEALTH DYNAMICS PERSONAL FITNESS PROFILE AT COLUMBIA HOSPITAL:"
Who gave Pellow the money? And what's the attorney's story?
Continue for more about the search for the Trash-Talking Bandits, including additional photos and a video.