Vail bank robbed again
December 27, 2005
VAIL – The Vail bank at the center of this year’s “Dumb and Dumber” robbery was hit again Tuesday, with a suspect making off with an undisclosed amount of cash, town officials said.Vail police canvassed the area surrounding the WestStar bank as hundreds of skiers and snowboarders crowded the streets at the end of the day.
“We’re focusing on all areas,” Sgt. Dirk Ethridge told the Vail Daily. “We don’t know if he left or if he’s here.” Police described the suspect as a man is in his early 50s. Police cordoned off a staircase leading to the bank in the hopes a dog could pick up the suspect’s scent.Two employees and a customer were in the bank at the time of the robbery, town spokeswoman Suzanne Silverthorn said. No weapon was shown during the hold up and no injures were reported.
The bank was robbed in March by two foreign ski workers who were later captured and convicted of stealing $130,000. Their clumsy methods earned them the nicknames “Dumb and Dumber” from their hometown media.Luke Carroll, 19, and Anthony Prince, 20, pleaded guilty and were sent to prison for the March heist of WestStar Bank in Vail that netted them $129,500. Carroll is Australian and Prince is a New Zealander with Australian residency.
The two childhood friends from the northern coast of New South Wales came to the United States a year ago to work in Vail. Witnesses to the heist recalled the men had distinct accents and wore badges similar to ones worn by staff at the ski shop where they worked. Vail ski resort employees also told police Carroll and Prince used their ski passes to board a chair lift within minutes of the robbery.Investigators also found mug shots of Carroll and Prince, who had been arrested in January for allegedly shooting out windows with a paintball gun. And they were arrested at the Denver airport after they stopped in an airport restroom to photograph each other in boastful poses holding wads of cash.