Man accused in Glenwood heist tracked down in Nevada

A bus ticket helped investigators track a Glenwood Springs man to Las Vegas, where he was arrested Monday on suspicion of robbing a bank in his hometown last week.

Authorities arrested Jeffrey David Smith, 27, Monday afternoon after several days of investigation led to him becoming the prime suspect in the Dec. 15 robbery of the Alpine Bank at 50891 Highway 6.

Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson remained tight-lipped Tuesday about many details of the incident or the investigation. But the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a news release that Smith got away from the bank with $3,200.

It also said the gun Smith displayed during the robbery later was determined to be a BB gun.

In addition, the department said a search of Smith’s property in Las Vegas turned up the BB gun, hooded sweatshirt and shoes he was believed to have been wearing during the robbery.

Las Vegas police said the Federal Bureau of Investigation believed Smith was in Las Vegas, based on a ticket for a bus that it turns out he had taken there after the robbery.

A federal task force consisting of the FBI and police from Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev., found that Smith had checked in at the Union Plaza Hotel. While investigators were there,
Smith was seen walking to the Fremont Street Experience pedestrian mall, where task force members arrested him without incident.

Smith was arrested for an alleged parole violation, and federal bank robbery charges are pending. He was being held in the Clark County Detention Center and was awaiting extradition to Colorado.

Las Vegas police said Smith has prior arrests there, and he lived there in 2003 and 2004.

They said he also served time in a Colorado prison, but didn’t indicate for what crime.

Wilson wouldn’t say what led investigators to suspect Smith. Glenwood police and the FBI last week released bank photos of the robber and a description of him. Wilson had said Monday those photos resulted in some tips and leads in the case.

In a news release, Glenwood police also credited Alpine Bank staff for professionally handling “a very intense situation.”

“Their training and assistance was critical to this case being solved in such a rapid fashion,” the release said.


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