'Trash Talking Bandits' stole approximately $1.5M in two historic, violent Colorado bank robberies

DENVER - A pair of loud-mouthed bank robbers who keep their faces covered and drive stolen cars were responsible for stealing a total of nearly $1.5 million in two Colorado holdups this year.

The FBI says the two robberies are among the biggest in recent Colorado history. They've nicknamed the criminal duo the "Trash Talking Bandits" because of their verbally abusive and aggressive behavior during the first robbery.

On January 21, the pair robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 7401 Federal Boulevard in Westminster. Photos from that crime showed one suspect wearing a hat and white jacket. Their face was covered by white fabric and he carried a handgun in his gloved hands.

This was the largest robbery in state history, the FBI said. The suspects obtained approximately $1 million from the bank's vault in that case.

After that robbery, the suspects drove away in a 1992 black Jeep Cherokee that was stolen out of unincorporated north Denver. The car was found near the bank about a week later.

More recently, the pair hit Wells Fargo Bank at 6000 W 44th Ave. in Wheat Ridge. FBI spokeswoman KellyRose Olson said the men carried handguns, covered their faces and used a stolen 2004 black Honda Element in this crime.

The Honda was reported stolen three days before the robbery, Olson said. It was found after the robbery in the West 2600 block of 62nd Avenue, after being set on fire.

Typically, the FBI does not share the amount of money obtained during bank robberies. In this case, they've released the $1.5 million estimate because of the abnormal scale of the two crimes.

Oddly, half of $1 million take from the first robbery was actually returned to the FBI through an attorney. Agents say the lawyer has invoked his attorney-client privilege, but did explain that a client gave him the bag without telling him the cash was inside and instructed him to bring it to the FBI.

FBI agents made a public request on Friday, asking the public to share any information that might help to solve the case. Agents believe the suspects will strike again and have no reason to believe the pair has left the state.

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