Denver CU Staff Fine After Dramatic 'Hollywood-Style' Robbery
Denver law enforcement officials were sifting through evidence this week after grabbing two suspects in a spectacular "guns drawn" armed robbery at the $8 million West Denver Community Credit Union late last week.
A spokeswoman at the CU said "we're all ok but we really can't talk about it" in a reference to last Thursday's daring early morning break-in of the CU.
The break-in was marked by a police stakeout on nearby Denver streets, which bystanders described as "something you could see on a Hollywood set."
The capture of the robbers was also marked by exploding dye packs and distress alarms set off by the manager, Patricia Price, who was credited with quick work in helping nab the pair, said media reports.
Price had entered the CU on West Alameda Ave. just before 7 a.m., punching in an access code when a man with a gun approached her, saying he intended to rob the credit union and threatening, "I'm going to have to shoot you."
But unbeknownst to the robbers, when the manager's first code had been interrupted, a distress call was automatically sent. And when she was forced at gunpoint to enter a code, she used a distress code. Meanwhile, passersby noticed the robbery unfolding called 911, said police.
While the robber inside was rounding up cash at gunpoint he got a cellphone call, from the accomplice, telling him police with sirens blaring, were closing in. The robber inside began screaming at the manager and became agitated, at which point dye packs exploded, police said. Officers surrounded the building, and both robbers were taken into custody.