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Publish Date: 8/30/2005

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A white male between 30 and 35 years old robbed the Commercial Federal Bank at 700 Fifth Ave. on Monday. The same robber struck the bank Aug. 3. The man showed tellers a small knife and escaped on a bicycle with an undisclosed amount of money. Photo courtesy Longmont Police Departmen

Robber repeats heist at Commercial Federal


LONGMONT — For the second time in a month, the same unidentified man robbed the Commercial Federal bank at 700 Fifth Ave., showing tellers a small knife and demanding money before escaping on a bicycle, police said.

Tellers told police it was the same man who robbed them Aug. 3. Police said the tellers did everything right Monday, handing over an undisclosed amount of money while allowing the bank’s security system to photograph the man.

“They’re holding up better this time,” Sgt. Tim Lewis said of the three tellers inside at the time. “They’ve had a little practice with it, unfortunately.”

The bank was also robbed Jan. 15.

Monday’s robbery occurred just before 5 p.m., and several customers were inside the branch at the time. City attorney Clay Douglas was among them, conducting personal business.

“I didn’t see zip,” Douglas said. “My back was turned.”

Police officers initially detained a man who fit the robber’s description but released him after tellers said it wasn’t him.

The man, who asked not to be identified, said he was glad police realized he wasn’t the robber.

“I don’t want to remember this,” he said. “The only thing I want to have to remember it by is this,” he said, showing the handcuff marks on his wrists.

A woman who said she worked at another nearby bank said a recent string of bank robberies in the metro area has workers jumpy. She asked that neither she nor her bank be identified.

“It makes all of us bank workers a little nervous,” she said.

Tellers described the man who robbed Commercial Federal as having a medium build and dark hair.

According to police, the man is between 30 and 35 years old, and between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall.

He was last seen wearing a pink, untucked polo shirt, tan cargo shorts, tennis shoes, a black Bell bicycle helmet and sunglasses.

He was carrying a forest green bag, police said. He likely left the area on a bicycle but may have had a vehicle nearby.

Police believe the robber is the same one who made away with an undisclosed amount of money Aug. 3. In that incident, the man, wearing dark sunglasses, a fake mustache, gray shorts and a gray polo shirt, demanded money but didn’t threaten the teller or show a weapon, according to police. He fled on what investigators described as an older bicycle, possibly a Schwinn.

Detectives don’t believe the man is the same one who robbed Commercial Federal on Jan. 15. In that robbery, a man threatened a teller with a gun before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money.

Times-Call staff writer Pierrette Shields contributed to this report.

Trevor Hughes can be reached at 303-684-5220, or by e-mail at thughes@times-call.com.

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