Jan 16, 2012 7:53 PM by Andy Koen

Robberies on the rise in Pueblo

There have been a dozen banks, convenience stores and fast food restaurants robbed in the city of Pueblo in the first two weeks of 2012. At this rate, the community will double the number of those crimes over 2010, the most recent year on record.

Detective Glen Fillmore of the Pueblo Police Department believes we have a few robbers who have suddenly become very active.

"It can be the same group going out and doing several until they're caught," Fillmore said.

For example, the same man has been spotted by security cameras in three of the four bank robberies. He's a white man in his 20, about 5'5" tall and weighing approximately 140 pounds. In each robbery he wore a hooded sweatshirt and handed the teller a note demanding they fill his backpack with cash.

Detective Fillmore encourages bank employees to be alert and watch for anyone acting suspicious. He says this same suspect has cased out other banks in the community.

"One of the banks he came into with his hood up and a pair of sunglasses on and the backpack and somebody from the bank told him that he needed to take the backpack out before he could be helped and he never came back," Fillmore said.

Immediately after the robberies, the suspect was seen getting into an older model, grey sedan that has been described as "boxy." Anyone who recognizes the suspect is encouraged to call the police. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 542-STOP (7867).


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