Man Robs Banks, Hands Out Stolen Money

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, KDVR, Reporting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man played a role somewhat akin to Robin Hood in Colorado Springs Wednesday, according to police, as he robbed from the rich and gave to the guests at an upscale hotel.

Except he didn’t use a bow-and-arrow. He used a shotgun.

Colorado Springs police said David Anderson, 26, robbed three banks and a sporting goods store within a few minutes of each other Wednesday. A few minutes after the robberies, police said they arrested Anderson handing out money at a nearby Hilton hotel.

The first robbery occurred at approximately 1:09 p.m. at a Big Five Sporting Goods store on West Uintah Street, where the suspected robber reportedly attempted to fatten his arms cache in addition to his wallet. According to police, Anderson fired a commercial gun in the store and then had the weapon wrestled away from him in a struggle with an employee.

About 20 minutes after that altercation, Anderson began a bank-robbing spree. He successfully robbed the first bank — Adams Bank on East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard — but was stopped by a security guard when attempting to rob the UMB Bank across the street.

A few minutes later, offices received calls about a man matching Anderson’s description throwing money out of a car window. A few minutes after that, it was reported that a man matching Anderson’s description had robbed a Chase Bank on North Tejon Street — about four miles away from the scene where the first two banks had been robbed.

Police said they finally arrested Anderson at the Antlers Hilton Hotel at 4 South Cascade Avenue. 

Anderson is being charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery. Police are asking any of the recipients of Anderson’s stolen money to return it to authorities.