Photos, above and below, of one of the suspects at the Laramie US Bank robbery on Monday. Photos courtesy of the Laramie Police Department.
(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Local law enforcement are being vigilant in light of a string of bank robberies that have occurred across the state.
“We have been notified of robberies through our information networks and that information has been passed onto patrol,” Riverton Police Capt. CT Smith said on Thursday.
Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee echoed Smith’s comments, saying his officers have received information from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and are keeping their eyes open for the information that they have been provided. On Tuesday, Lander Police Chief Jim Carey told the Lander City Council that his officers are watching things locally and the city’s banks were notified.
The first bank, a US Bank branch, was robbed on the afternoon of Jan. 21 in Rock Springs, Sweetwaternow.com reports. On this Monday, another US Bank branch was robbed in Laramie, and the suspects were similarly described.
Yesterday morning, a Bank of the West was robbed in Casper. An observant citizen saw the suspect leave the bank and watched the suspect vehicle until Casper Police arrived, Sweetwaternow.com reports. The suspects attempted to flee from police and there was a brief pursuit. The suspect vehicle crashed near 12th and McKinley and two suspects (one male and one female) were taken into custody.
The suspects were identified as Mindy Nichole Lawrence (AKA Brafford), 34 and James Pearson Thain, 38.
This investigation is ongoing with numerous agencies including the FBI, Casper PD, Laramie PD, Ogden PD, Kaysville PD, Midvale PD, West Valley City PD, West Jordan PD, Salt Lake City PD, Woodscross PD, and the Unified Police Department.
“We are investigating the possible connection in the three recent bank robberies in Wyoming,” FBI Spokesman Dave Joly said in an email Thursday.