Who is this masked man?
Who is this masked man?

See the masked gunmen who stuck up Bank of the West

Banks have had plenty of troubles during our ongoing economic crisis -- but they've still got more money than the rest of us, which explains in part why there's been such a rash of robberies of late.

Just yesterday, we told you about the $83 Bandit, who's allegedly removed booty from nine banks in 2009, including one this week. And late afternoon on Wednesday, three masked gunman held up the Bank of the West, 7995 East Hamden Avenue, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

See more surveillance photos and read the FBI's account of the crime below:

Three Masked Bandits Rob Bank of the West

On Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at approximately 5:28 p.m., three masked men armed with handguns entered the Bank of the West located at 7995 East Hamden Avenue, Denver, Colorado. They took over the bank by pointing their guns at customers and employees and ordering them to kneel or not to move. One robber vaulted the teller counter where he proceeded to steal cash. The three exited the bank, dropping cash along the way, and fled toward the area of a nearby apartment building. Investigators believe they may have entered a get-a-way vehicle and fled the area with the remaining cash. No vehicle description is available.

All three robbers had on a hoodie and had a mask or something similar covering their faces. They were all described as "young," possibly being in their late teens or early 20's. The following descriptions are based on witnesses and surveillance photographs:

Robber #1:

Black Male

Approximately 5'10" to 6'00";

Thin build;

Wearing a dark hoodie, mask, blue jeans, black gloves and carrying a handgun.

Robber #2:

Black Male

Average height;

Thin build;

Wearing a dark hoodie, mask, blue jeans with a red label, black gloves, white running shoes and carrying a handgun.

Robber #3:

Black Male

Shorter than Robber #1

Thin build;

Dark hoodie, mask, blue jeans, gloves and carrying a handgun.

If anyone has any information on the bank robbery above, or any of the bank robbers described above, 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).

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