Man accused in two robberies
A Grand Junction man who attempted to rob a bank and a restaurant within the same hour Monday struck out both times, getting away without any cash, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
Robert Buch, 56, was arrested in the attempted robberies, thanks in part to a global positioning system unit he was required to wear as a condition of parole.
Buch is accused of attempting to rob Bank of the West, 1211 N. Seventh St., just before 11:30 a.m. Less than an hour later, a suspect matching Buch’s description attempted to rob Wienerschnitzel, 2550 North Ave.
Officers arrested Buch south of North Avenue.
Grand Junction High School, Tope Elementary and a day care center were placed on lockdown as police sought a suspect.
Police said data from Buch’s GPS device placed him in the area of Bank of the West and Wienerschnitzel during the times of the attempted robberies.
According to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records, Buch was arrested Feb. 16 this year on suspicion of violating his parole. The CBI records do not indicate the nature of the violation.
Buch was arrested in Dillon in July 1996 on charges including receipt of stolen property, domestic violence and aggravated robbery, according to CBI. He was arrested again in October 1996 in Grand Junction for robbery and sentenced to prison in August 1997.
Staff writer Paul Shockley contributed to this story.