FBI: Wells Fargo robbers took more than half-million in 2 minutes

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Surveillance video showed one of the robbers in the Wells Fargo bank.

Surveillance video showed one of the robbers in the Wells Fargo bank.

Surveillance video showed one of the robbers in the Wells Fargo bank.

Surveillance video showed one of the robbers in the Wells Fargo bank.

Police said this was the Jeep the robbers used to drive away from the bank. It had been stolen several days earlier.

Police said this was the Jeep the robbers used to drive away from the bank. It had been stolen several days earlier.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Wells Fargo has increased the reward they are offering for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of two people who robbed a bank last week.

During a news conference Friday, Denver FBI Special Agent in Charge Thomas Ravenelle would not say specifically how much money was stolen, but he said it “is the largest in recent Colorado history.”

We have learned the amount is more than half a million dollars. The robbery lasted no longer than 2 minutes, reported FOX31 Denver investigator Tak Landrock.

The two thieves have been dubbed the Trash Talking Bandits "because of their verbally abusive and aggressive demeanor while committing this bank robbery," said FBI spokesman Dave Joly.

The robbers used handguns to terrify about 40 bank employees and customers. One of them even placed the barrel of a gun to the heads of bank employees, Joly said.

The robbers were able to get access to the cash vault in a back room, Ravenelle said. The left with cash that had no dye packs in it.

"Law enforcement is particularly concerned with the level of violence used by these criminals and the possibility of them acting again, resulting in serious injury to an innocent person," Joly said.

The robbery happened Jan. 21 at the Westminster bank at W. 74th Avenue and N. Federal Boulevard.

According to the FBI, two robbers in their 20s entered the bank just after 4 p.m.  Both were well disguised and Ravenelle said investigators are not even sure what gender and race they are. Ravenelle said detectives think the robbers were both men, but admitted one of them could have been a woman.

Surveillance video of the robbery showed one of the men wearing a white jacket and carrying a black garbage bag.

The duo left the bank in a black Jeep Cherokee. Joly said the Jeep was stolen in the north metro area several days before the robbery.

Westminster police recovered it near the bank later in the evening.  Joly said investigators believe that the robbers drove this vehicle between Sunday, Jan. 19, and Tuesday, Jan. 21.  They are hoping someone will recognize it and call authorities.

Wells Fargo Bank Robbery suspect. Surveillance photo: FBI

Wells Fargo Bank Robbery suspect. Surveillance photo: FBI

"If someone has been seen with large amounts of cash or has changed their spending habits in a manner that would be cause for concern, please notify law enforcement," Joly said.

Wells Fargo increased the reward they will give for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the thieves to $35,000.

One of the thieves is described as approximately 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-9, with a medium build. The other is 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10, with a thin build.

"We are committed to solving this crime and we're also taking to steps, certainly in Westminster, to make sure all of our financial institutions are receiving extra protection and security," said Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk who also attended the Friday briefing.

If anyone has any information on this bank robbery, or any bank robbery, please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171; or, you can remain anonymous and earn up to $2,000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

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