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Publish Date: 8/24/2005

Accused ‘bandit’ indicted


DENVER — A man accused of being the “Front Range Bandit” was indicted Monday for three Colorado bank robberies, including one in Boulder.

Two years after he allegedly robbed his first bank, Big Thompson Credit Union in Loveland, Albert Lawrence Vaughan faces charges that could lead to 75 years in a federal prison.

An indictment in U.S. District Court in Denver accuses Vaughan, 36, of robbing $10,599 from three banks, using a pellet gun.

If convicted, he could face 25 years in prison for each robbery — Big Thompson Federal Credit Union, March 2, 2003; First Community Bank in Fort Collins, May 27, 2004; and First National Bank in Boulder, May 2, 2005.

Investigators, though, believe Vaughan robbed other banks.

Loveland Police Detective Chuck Sutterfield previously said Vaughan told investigators his first robbery, committed just to see if he could, was followed by so many others he could not remember them all.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation suspects Vaughan of 14 bank robberies in Colorado and two in Wyoming, said spokeswoman Monique Kelso. Among those are two robberies at Longs Peak Credit Union in Loveland in 2003.

The FBI also has identified Vaughan as a suspect in the Jan. 15 robbery of Commercial Federal Bank, 700 Fifth Ave. in Longmont, said Longmont Police Cmdr. Craig Earhart. The robber entered the bank at about 9:40 a.m., threatened the teller with a gun and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said at the time.

Additional charges could be filed at the state level in district court in the counties where the robberies occurred.

Vaughan also faces five charges in connection with bank robberies in Nevada, where was arrested at his home June 29. He is scheduled for a trial there Sept. 12.

After that case is resolved, Vaughan will return to Colorado to face charges.

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