No telling on how much Rifle robber stole |

No telling on how much Rifle robber stole

Heidi Rice
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Photo courtesy of Rifle PoliceSurveillance video of the suspect in last week's bank robbery in Rifle.

RIFLE, Colorado – Police can’t disclose the amount of money that the man who robbed the American National Bank in Rifle got away with last week, but it “wasn’t enough money to spend your life in prison over,” according to Rifle Police Chief Daryl Meisner.

No arrests had been made as of Friday, but the investigation continues.

“We have multiple leads that we’ve been tracking,” Meisner said. “And we’ve gotten lots of tips from the community from people who think they know him or have seen him.”

Meisner would not speculate on whether the suspect was a local resident or not.

“We follow where the evidence leads us,” he said. “We can’t say if he was a local or not – that would be irresponsible.”

American National Bank on Railroad Avenue was robbed at gunpoint by a man around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 27. The suspect is being described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5-feet, 9-inches to 5-feet, 11-inches tall, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark gray or black “hoodie” sweatshirt, a black baseball cap with white lettering on front and carrying a black backpack.

“This is an ongoing investigation and we have people assigned to it,” Meisner said. “This is our highest priority case right now.”

Rifle residents received a reverse “911” message on the morning of the robbery, alerting them of the incident. And although the robber has not been caught, Meisner indicated there is no imminent danger to residents.

“Right now, there is no reason for people to be alarmed,” he said. “But they should take precautions and be observant.”

The incident was the first “completed” bank robbery in Rifle’s recorded criminal history from 1905, according to Meisner.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Rifle Police Department with the investigation.

Anyone with any information about the robbery should call the Rifle Police Department at (970) 665-6500 or (970) 625-8095.

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