Feds: Loss topped $21K in robberies of local banks

A Las Vegas man faces up to 75 years in prison for the armed robberies of three banks last year, including a pair of Grand Junction banks.

Douglas Edward James, 25, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Denver to three counts of bank robbery, including robberies July 17 at Wells Fargo, 2251 Broadway, and Oct. 21 at First National Bank of the Rockies, 2775 Acrin Ave.

According to a plea agreement, James walked away with $21,004 cash combined between the two robberies. The agreement notes both banks’ losses were recoverable through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

James pleaded guilty to robbing a third bank in Las Vegas on Aug. 19.

Investigators there found a woman’s wig and a Denver Broncos’ Jake Plummer replica jersey inside a car registered to James, while witnesses to the Redlands heist said the robber wore identical items on July 17.

James was later identified in a photo lineup by employees as the suspect in the Wells Fargo robbery. He brandished a black handgun, while threatening to shoot a teller during the incident, an arrest affidavit said.

The plea agreement said James made similar threats to a teller Oct. 21 at the Orchard Mesa bank, entering the building with a black hooded sweatshirt tied around his face, according to the agreement.

A black pellet gun, in addition to bills linked to the Orchard Mesa robbery, were found in James’ car in Las Vegas.


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