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Crime

Bank robber convicted

Masked bandit Crider facing at least 34 years

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A 50-year-old man has pleaded guilty to 12 felony charges, stemming from the robbery of five banks across the metro Denver area.

Gary Crider appeared in Jefferson County Court on Oct. 2 and pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery, nine counts of robbery, and one count of theft for his actions between Dec. 9, 2016 and Jan. 6, 2017. Court documents say Crider robbed three banks in Jefferson County, one in Boulder County and one in Adams County. The amount stolen from the Jefferson and Boulder county banks alone totaled more than $26,000.

Crider was arrested in Westminster, as part of a collaborative effort of the FBI’s Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (RMSSTF), the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Westminster Police Department and SWAT, and the Louisville Police Department.

During his chain of robberies, Crider wore disguises, including a Darth Vader mask, according to the arrest affidavit. At the time of the crimes, Crider was on federal probation for bank robbery and state parole for attempted murder. 

The sentencing hearing for Crider is scheduled for Nov. 27. He faces 34 to 44 years in prison, according to the Jeffco District Attorney’s office.

He is being held at the Jefferson County jail on $250,000 bond.

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