FBI: So-called red handed bandits strike for third day in a row

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DENVER — The FBI and the Denver Police Department are trying to identify a crew of armed, serial robbers known as the red handed bandits. They struck at a business for the third day in a row Wednesday.

“These robbers have been targeting local retail businesses and banks,” the FBI said.

Investigators said their most recent robbery happened at midday Wednesday at BBVA Compass Bank in the 3800 block of West 32nd Avenue in Denver.

The suspects committed the robbery at gunpoint while wearing disguises on their faces. The FBI said they’re described as three Hispanic men.

The first suspect is approximately 5-foot-6 in his mid- to late 20s with a medium build and short black hair. On Wednesday, he had a dark-colored handgun with a laser sight.

The second suspect is approximately 6-foot in his mid- to late 30s. He’s described as heavyset and on Wednesday, he displayed a silver-colored handgun.”

The third suspect is approximately 5-foot-6 in his mid 20s with a thin build.

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Investigators said after the bank robbery Wednesday, they fled in a dark-colored SUV. A dye pack exploded, leaving behind traces of red dye.

On May 23, the same crew is suspected of robbing the Community Bank of Colorado in the 3400 block of West 32nd Avenue in Denver.

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Investigators said the so-called red handed bandits are also suspects in robberies of at least three other Denver retail businesses in June.

They are suspected of robbing Pleasures in the 3200 block of West Alameda Avenue on Tuesday; Cricket in the 2700 block of West Alameda Avenue on Monday; and Premier Insurance Group in the 200 block of South Sheridan Boulevard on June 6.

"Please be on the lookout for anyone matching the suspects’ descriptions," the FBI said. "Be aware of anyone similar who might have recently changed their spending habits, discussed coming into money suddenly or have red dye stains on their persons or property."

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