Man gets 9 years in two GJ bank robberies

A Las Vegas man was sentenced Friday to nine years in federal prison for robbing three banks in as many months last year, two of them in Grand Junction.

Douglas Edward James, 25, was also ordered to pay restitution totalling more than $27,000 and will serve five years of supervised release after prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver said.

James had pleaded guilty to robberies July 17, 2009, at Wells Fargo, 2251 Broadway, and Oct. 21 at First National Bank of the Rockies, 2775 Acrin Ave. He robbed a third bank Aug. 19 in Las Vegas.

James walked away with more than $20,000 in cash between the two robberies in Grand Junction, according to a plea agreement.

Investigators in Las Vegas found a woman’s wig and a Denver Broncos Jake Plummer replica jersey inside a car registered to James, while witnesses to the Redlands robbery said the suspect wore identical clothing, according to an arrest affidavit.

James was 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.

James made similar threats to a teller Oct. 21 at the Orchard Mesa bank, according to the plea agreement.

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


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