Lakewood Bank robber escapes after running into book store

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Police were looking for a bank robber Tuesday night who ran across a busy street and hid in a store after his heist.

Police say the suspect robbed First Bank near the Colorado Mills shopping center.

They say he ran across the street, dropped a lot of money and raised a lot of suspicion when he headed to the Barnes and Noble book store.

It happened just 30 minutes before the bank was supposed to close for the day.

“The suspect did get out with some money,” says Lakewood police spokeswoman Bonnie Martin. “He ran out the front door. He reportedly ran across Colfax… was on the other side of the stores on that side.”

He had a number of stores to choose from when he reached the Colorado Mills shopping center and ran into Barnes and Noble.

Once inside, employees say the suspect walked nonchalantly into the men’s restroom.

“There were some people that had seen someone suspicious over there, possibly dropped some money… they called into the police department,” Martin says.

Employees say they believe the suspect planned to stash the money in the toilet and then try to retrieve it later.

Police credit the alert book store employees with creating a good ending for what was a dangerous situation.

It’s unclear how the bank robber escaped.