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A suspect is now in custody at the Rio Blanco County Jail, charged with robbing Mountain Valley Bank this morning at Fourth and Main Streets in Meeker, according to the Meeker Police Department,
A Mountain Valley Bank employee reported the robbery at 9 a.m. A reverse 911 was issued to local residents with a recorded message describing a white male, approximately 25 years old, with brown curly hair, wearing a cowboy hat, cowboy boots and spurs. Residents were told not to approach the suspect.
The suspect was seen leaving the bank on foot. Meeker police officers, Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department officers and officers from the Colorado State Patrol searched the area.
Shortly after the reverse 911 was issued, a Meeker citizen reported seeing “a suspicious person” entering the White River behind the Rustic Lodge. Police arrived at the scene, secured the area and Lt. Phil Stubblefield apprehended the suspect without incident.
Police later released the name of the alleged suspect as Jock Thacker and said he was not armed. The Meeker Police Department had no comment on the amount of money, if any, was taken, or if the robbery was captured on bank surveillance. The investigation is ongoing.
Mountain Valley Bank president Tawny Halandras had no comment.