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Joseph Nieto and Christina Drummond in lockup for "Bonnie and Clyde" bank robberies

Big photos below.
Big photos below.

It took nearly three years, but Joseph Nieto has finally been sentenced in Colorado for robberies he's admitted to committing with help from Christina Drummond, who played Bonnie to his Clyde -- at least according to the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, which bequeathed their nicknames. Details and photos below.

The task force, a branch of Denver's FBI office, has an amusing sideline in naming bank robbers -- like this month's "Brady Bunch Bandit" (so christened because of the crook's physical similarity to a Bunch boy, we're told) and the "Clearinghouse Bandit" (he's been seen carrying magazines -- and Publishers Clearing House sells mag subscriptions). See photos and releases about both of them below.

As for Nieto and Drummond, the task force dubbed them Bonnie and Clyde for obvious reasons: They were a couple who teamed up to knock over joints. We first wrote about them in January 2010 in relation to robberies committed in Greeley the previous month -- a Premier Cash Advance on December 15, during which they wore hooded sweetshirts and ball caps and kept their faces hidden as they threatened employees with handguns, and a Guaranty Bank and Trust branch on December 24, during which they also wielded gats.

Here's a photo of the twosome in action....

Joseph Nieto and Christina Drummond in lockup for "Bonnie and Clyde" bank robberies

...and here's one focusing on Drummond.

Joseph Nieto and Christina Drummond in lockup for "Bonnie and Clyde" bank robberies

Mere days later, Drummond and Nieto were nabbed in the act, albeit quite a way from their previous haunt. As we reported, they were caught Burlingame, California, after sticking up a bank in Los Banos.

In the interim, Drummond was convicted in Cali in connection with bank robberies there and remains in federal custody. Upon the completion of her federal sentence, the Weld County District Attorney's Office notes that she'll be extradited to Greeley, where she faces twelve felony counts for Colorado crimes.

Nieto, meanwhile, pleaded guilty this week to a pair of aggravated-robbery-with-a-real-or-simulated-weapon counts, netting him an eleven-year sentence for each; they'll be served consecutively. He'd already been convicted of the California offenses, which resulted in a seventy-month sentence that will run concurrent to his Colorado jolt.

Michael Gabriel Nieto, presumably one of Joseph's kin, also received a sentence for taking part in a Greeley robbery, by driving the getaway car. His reward: five years in stir.

Look below to see mug shots of Nieto and Drummond, followed by info on the Brady Bunch and Clearinghouse bandits.

Joseph Nieto.
Joseph Nieto.
Christina Drummond.
Christina Drummond.

Continue to learn more about the Brady Bunch and Clearinghouse bandits.

 

The Clearinghouse Bandit.
The Clearinghouse Bandit.

FBI release:

Law enforcement agencies from Denver to Colorado Springs, along with the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (RMSSTF) are investigating 11 bank robberies that recently occurred. It is believed that all were committed by the same individual.

This individual has been dubbed "The Clearinghouse Bandit" by the RMSSTF.

Witness accounts and in several of the attached photographs of the suspect, show him carrying what appears to be a magazine. Publishers Clearing House is an American multi-channel direct-marketing company that offers discounted magazine subscriptions.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 40 years of age, approximately 6'0" to 6'5" in height, 220 to 260 pounds, with a heavy build.

"The Clearinghouse Bandit" is believed to be responsible for the following bank robberies.

1. 8/1/2012, Wednesday, 12:35 p.m. TCF Bank 640 16th Street, Denver, Colorado

2. 8/20/2012, Monday, 2:45 p.m. Public Service Credit Union 815 N Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colorado

3. 9/19/2012, Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. Public Service Credit Union 1113 N Abilene Street, Aurora, Colorado

4. 9/25/2012, Tuesday, 12:34 p.m. Space Age Federal Credit Union 2495 S Havana Street, Aurora, Colorado

5. 9/25/2012, Tuesday, 12:48 p.m. Public Service Credit Union 815 N Colorado Blvd, Denver, Colorado

6. 10/3/2012, Wednesday, 11:19 a.m. Chase Bank 2986 N Speer Blvd, Denver, Colorado

7. 10/19/2012, Friday, 10:25 a.m. Compass Bank 4988 N Federal Blvd. Denver, Colorado

8. 10/24/2012, Wednesday, 10:55 a.m. Chase Bank 747 S Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colorado

9. 10/31/2012, Wednesday, 4:20 p.m. Security Services Federal Credit Union 1901 N Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado

10. 11/1/2012, Thursday, 11:07 a.m. Credit Union of Colorado 13732 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora, Colorado

11. 11/1/2012, Thursday, 12:37 p.m. Wells Fargo Bank 1777 W. 38th Ave., Denver, Colorado

The suspect enters the bank, presents a demand note, and flees.

Bank robbery is punishable by a 20-year prison sentence for each offense and increases if a dangerous weapon is used in the commission of the crime. The FBI continues to provide financial institutions with the best practices for security to make them less vulnerable to robberies.

If anyone has any information on the bank robbery above, or any bank robbery, please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171; or, you can remain anonymous and earn up to two thousand dollars ($2,000) by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).

FBI release:

Denver metro area law enforcement agencies and the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (RMSSTF) are investigating six bank robberies that recently occurred. It is believed that all were committed by the same individual.

This individual has been dubbed "The Brady Bunch Bandit" by the RMSSTF.

Witness accounts described the suspect as resembling one of the male co-stars from the early 1970's American sitcom The Brady Bunch.

The suspect is described as a white male, 25 to 35 years of age, approximately 5'11" to 6'0" in height, 150 to 170 pounds, with a slender build. This individual has worn a variety of wigs during the bank robberies.

The suspect enters the bank, presents a demand note, and flees.

Bank robbery is punishable by a 20-year prison sentence for each offense and increases if a dangerous weapon is used in the commission of the crime.

The FBI continues to provide financial institutions with the best practices for security to make them less vulnerable to robberies.

If anyone has any information on the bank robbery above, or any bank robbery, please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171; or, you can remain anonymous and earn up to two thousand dollars ($2,000) by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Bonnie and Clyde, accused of Greeley bank robbery, busted in California."


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