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Colorado Springs police arrest alleged robber on crutches

Maybe he had past due medical bills. Or maybe he was out of work and needed money for rent. One can only guess at this point, but the situation must have been dire for a man on crutches to rob a bank in Colorado Springs yesterday.

Police were called to the Wells Fargo bank on Cascade Avenue Monday afternoon after a robbery was reported. According to the police report, a man entered the bank around noon and asked a teller to hand over cash, saying that he had a gun.

Authorities said that the teller gave an unspecified amount of money to the man, who was on crutches, and then the man walked out. There were also no injuries reported, police said, and at this point it is unknown if anyone actually saw the purported gun.

Later that day, police released a photo of the alleged robber, and after two tips, arrested a 49-year-old man on crutches at a downtown motel and charged him with the robbery. The arrest occurred at about 6 p.m., police said.

Police said that the man on crutches was carrying items from the bank on him and that additional items were found in his motel room. The man is currently being held in the El Paso County jail with bail set at $25,000.

It's important to note that robbery is defined in loose terms as theft under the threat of force or use of force against another person. Because the man is accused of threatening the bank teller with a gun, he was charged with robbery. However, whether or not he actually had a gun could impact his sentencing if he is convicted.

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, "UPDATE: Bank robber on crutches arrested," 5/24/2011.

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