FORT COLLINS - A Wellington bank was robbed late Thursday morning, roughly 18 hours after a Fort Collins bank robbery that might be connected with several others in Denver.
"The Brothers Bandits," two Russian men suspected of robbing four Denver-area banks earlier this month, might be the people who robbed the Fort Collins Wells Fargo on Wednesday at 2827 E. Harmony Road, FBI spokesman Dave Joly said in an e-mail.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $12,000 for tips helping with the investigation of brothers Vyacheslav, 31, and Denis Volkov, 19. People who were in the area of the Wells Fargo that was robbed Wednesday received FBI fliers picturing the men.
The Wellington robbery, at 11:39 a.m. Thursday at Points West Community Bank, 8100 Sixth St., doesn't appear to be connected to the other robberies, Joly said.
The suspect in that case is white, about 40 years old and 6-foot-1, with light brown hair and scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a gray baseball cap with sunglasses and was carrying a red backpack, according to a Larimer County Sheriff's Office news release. The suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. No weapons were seen, and the suspect left on foot with an unknown amount of cash, according to the sheriff's office.
In the Wells Fargo robbery, a man bearing a scar on the right side of his face and carrying plastic bags stuffed with stolen money fled the bank on foot after showing a handgun in his jeans.
The suspected "Brothers Bandits" are described in an FBI news release as Vyacheslav Volkov and Denis Volkov. The latter, shown in a photo in the FBI news release, has a mark on the right side of his face. The two are from Russia and have been in the United States about 18 years, Joly said.
Citizens with any information about the Fort Collins robbery are encouraged to call Sgt. Paul Wood at (970) 224-6132 or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at (970) 221-6868. Crime Stoppers may also be reached through its website at www.stopcriminals.org .
Anyone with information regarding the Wellington case is asked to call the sheriff's office at (970) 416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at (970) 221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org where you will remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward.
Nobody was reported injured in either the Fort Collins or the Wellingotn robbery, and the suspects got away with undisclosed amounts of cash from each.
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