Man accused of Breckenridge bank robbery faces heap of charges
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SUMMIT COUNTY – The man accused of robbing an armored truck guard at gunpoint in a Breckenridge bank last month now waits in a Michigan jail to face several felony charges spanning two states. The bank bag, as it turned out, contained no cash – only some computer equipment.
FBI investigators questioned Joseph Sexton, 21, after he was arrested April 28 and charged regarding a separate burglary case in Blue River. Summit Sheriff’s officers had found a hat and sunglasses in his vehicle that matched those recorded on Bank of the West surveillance cameras.
But there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him in the robbery, and he bonded out of jail April 30.
“It’s not like CSI. You don’t wrap things up in an hour,” Sheriff John Minor said, adding that Breckenridge did “a good job” following up on the case.
Breckenridge Assistant Police Chief Greg Morrison said that by May 14, six search warrants had been executed and evidence had been increased to include telephone records, additional witnesses and more. Investigators also learned Sexton had returned to Michigan.
“With all those things combined, we had a much better case by the 14th and we just didn’t figure it was going to be too much better,” Morrison said.
Breckenridge Police spokeswoman Kim Green said a local detective found Sexton’s location through a source who knew him and passed it through the FBI to Michigan. FBI agents executed an overnight manhunt to arrest Sexton, and he was found in the attic of a relative’s home in Macomb County late last week.
In Summit County, Sexton faces charges of felony armed robbery (punishable by four to 12 years in prison, $3,000-$750,000 fine), felony second-degree burglary (punishable by two to six years in prison, $2,000-$500,000 fine), felony first-degree criminal trespass (one to three years in prison, $1,000-$100,000 fine) and criminal mischief.
In Michigan, charges against him include felony assault and drunken driving.
Green said Sexton is to remain in Michigan until he is processed on the charges there.
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said that while bank robberies may be heard in federal or state courts, authorities decided it best to try Sexton in Summit County with the burglary and robbery cases handled together.
The Blue River incident April 28 involved a burglary at 78 Susan Court. Sexton was arrested at the Old Quandary Peak trailhead, across from the Skier’s Edge. The full report is unavailable as further ongoing investigations are in progress, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy LeClair said in an e-mail.
Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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