July 10, 2007

Bad Bank Robber

Investigators say James Coldwell, 49, robbed the Citizens Bank at 1550 Elm St. while clad in clothing adorned with tree branches held on by duct tape.

Coldwell was charged with one count of robbery after answering questions at the police station, Capt. Dick Tracy said.

Video surveillance of the Saturday morning robbery showed a thin white man leaving the bank in a shroud of tree branches, all duct-taped to his shirt and head. His short, dark hair and mustache were clearly visible between the leaves.

This bank surveillance image shows the robber with tree branches duct-taped to his head and body, leaving the Citizens Bank branch at 1550 Elm St. Saturday morning. Tracy said police were tipped off by several anonymous callers after the footage appeared on a nightly news broadcasts.

"I think he was hoping the disguise would camouflage him enough that no one would recognize who he was," Tracy said.

Coldwell lives at 50 Lowell St., about three-quarters of a mile south of the bank. Residents at that address laughed about the incident, but refused to discuss it with a reporter yesterday. Tracy said the robber made off with a bag containing less than $1,000. It appears investigators have since recovered most, if not all, of the money, he said. No weapon was shown during the crime, police have said.

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