Today, its been a bit hectic in my neck of the woods. It seems that there are bank robbers at large in the neighborhood.
Police with automatic weapons in your neighborhood are rarely a good sign.
The robbery took place at the Bank of the West in Englewood. The perps fled at high speeds in a car. It was ditched on the 600 block of South Pennsylvania Street, where the car was identified by an off duty police officer.
The police converged on the scene at about 2:30 p.m., concerned that the robber or robbers (one to four of them) might have taken refuge in a house on the block and/or taken hostages, so they sealed the perimeter and called in the SWAT team.
The intense reaction probably has something to do with the fact that one of the robbers is described as a man wearing a white turban and wearing a gas mask.
Two and a half hours later, a search by the team revealed that the suspected temporary hideout was robber free, the residents were returned to their home (they were not present at the time), and the robbers were believed to be at large in the neighborhood.
No local media outlets covered the story while it was breaking.
Cross Posted at Colorado Confidential.