"Takeover-style" robbers hit Bank of the West in Northglenn

Usually, the FBI doesn't highlight bank robbers until after the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force has given them a nickname -- like the H1N1 bandit, the Tom Thumb Bandit, the Band-Aid Bandit or the alleged (and just-captured) Portfolio Bandit.

But in the case of the three men who robbed a Bank of the West in Northglenn on Monday, the feds aren't waiting, due in part to their violent technique: They wielded at least one weapon while snatching and grabbing "takeover-style."

How about calling them the Takeover Bandits? Check out more photos and the FBI release below:

FBI release:

A bank robbery occurred on Monday, May 17, 2010, at approximately 11:22 a.m. at the

Bank of the West 10393 Huron St. Northglenn, Colorado

The suspects were described as 3 black males, late teens to early 20's.

The suspects were armed with at least one handgun and robbed the bank in a "takeover style" method.

Bank robbery is punishable by a twenty 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).

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