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3 West Side Banks Robbed

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A Coors Boulevard bank was robbed by an armed gunman Wednesday afternoon — the third bank along the West Side corridor to be robbed in two days.

The crime happened at the Wells Fargo Bank at 3401 Coors NW, and the suspect had facial hair and a cap similar to the man who robbed two other Coors-area banks on Tuesday, according to an FBI news release.

“Authorities are investigating whether this is the same individual, and if he also could have been involved in a pair of additional bank robberies in Albuquerque on Jan. 12 and Jan. 23,” the FBI said.

Around 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, witnesses said the man walked into the bank, pointed a pistol at a teller and demanded money, the news release says.

“After he received the money, he pointed a gun at another teller and again demanded money,” the release reads.

He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The FBI said the suspect had a dark, thick mustache and wore a black baseball cap with a U.S. flag logo on it, similar to the description of the man who robbed two banks on Tuesday. He was described as white, about 5-feet, 6-inches to 5-feet, 8-inches tall and 150 pounds and in his 30s. He had light blue to gray eyes, a pointed nose, a tattoo on the underside of his right forearm and possibly a tear drop tattoo near the corner of his left eye. He wore a short-sleeve beige shirt, blue jeans and the cap.

On Tuesday, two banks along Coors were robbed.

The first incident took place about 3 p.m., when a man walked into the New Mexico Bank & Trust at 6201 Riverside Plaza Lane NW, near Coors and Montaño, according to the FBI. He presented a demand note to a teller, then left with an undisclosed amount of money.

This suspect was described as a white Hispanic man, about 6-feet-tall, with a slender build and wearing a mustache. He also wore a black, hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a baseball camp embossed with a U.S. flag logo, the FBI said. Witnesses said he was in his late 20s to early 30s.

A short time later on Tuesday, around 4:30 p.m., a man matching the description of the earlier suspect robbed the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union at 3205 Coors NW, near Redlands Road.

The suspect in that robbery showed part of a gun to the teller and demanded money, the FBI said. After receiving an undisclosed amount, the man left.

Police are trying to determine whether the same person committed both robberies.

Bank robbery is punishable by a 20-year prison sentence for each offense, with the penalty increasing if a dangerous weapon is used in the crime, according to the FBI.

Anyone with information about the Tuesday bank robberies is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at 889-1300 or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 843-STOP.

The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the suspect’s arrest and conviction.
— This article appeared on page 31 of the Albuquerque Journal

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