Would-be Pranksters Armed Response, Stern Talking-to From Police
MONTROSE – Four area residents learned Wednesday that a prank – especially one involving gorilla masks and a bank – is not innocent fun.
Police pulled over and drew weapons on a red Dodge Durango outside Bank of the West in Montrose Wednesday afternoon, after confirming a call that individuals were putting on masks outside the bank, possibly to rob it, according to police.
Police Chief Tom Chinn said the call came in police around noon Wednesday, from a woman reporting two individuals, parked in a vehicle outside the bank, were putting on masks. Responding officers saw one individual wearing a gorilla mask, and a second individual putting on a mask.
As police approached the vehicle, the driver sped away, increasing the officers’ suspicion, Chinn said.
The vehicle stopped on Cascade Ave., outside Bank of the West, and the officers, weapons drawn, asked passengers in the car to show their hands.
Each passenger – four males and one female, according to onlookers – was asked to step out of the vehicle, one at a time, then handcuffed and taken to waiting police cars. The police then conducted a sweep of the Dodge.
After talking with police, the individuals convinced officers that they were only going to play a prank on a downtown business — which was not the bank, Chinn said.
All four were released, and allowed to return to their vehicle, but only after being told by officers that their prank was not a good idea, especially considering that several bank robberies have occurred in throughout Western Slope communities in the past year, Chinn said.
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