Armed bank robbers hit Westminster Wells Fargo Bank

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - Authorities are looking for two armed robbers who hit a Westminster bank Tuesday afternoon and escaped with large amount of money.

According to the FBI, two men in their 20s entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 7401 Federal Blvd. just after 4 p.m.

One of the men was 5-feet 7-inches to 5-feet 8-inches tall, with a medium build. The other was 5-foot 8-inches to to 5-feet 10-inches tall, with a thin build.

Both men were armed with handguns and one was wearing a distinctive white jacket.  The FBI said the men were violent during the bank robbery.

Surveillance photos show one of the robbers carrying a large black garbage bag, apparently filled with money.

The two left the bank driving a stolen 1992 black Jeep Cherokee. The Jeep was stolen in the north metro area on Sunday morning. The vehicle was recovered in the area of the bank on Tuesday evening.

Investigators are asking for the media's and public’s assistance in identifying these individuals, who could have a change in spending habits involving large cash transactions.

Wells Fargo Bank is offering a reward up to $25,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of these bank robbers. Tipsters can call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of an additional reward of up to $2,000.  Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

Bank robbery is punishable by a 20-year prison sentence for each offense and increases if a dangerous weapon is used in the commission of the crime, according to FBI spokesman Dave Joly.

"The FBI continues to provide financial institutions with the best practices for security to make them less vulnerable to robberies," Joly said.

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