Lights, camera, children

Jessica Carter, a sixth-grader, preps for on-air time at Esquire Hills Elementary School. - Photo b y Celeste Cornish
Jessica Carter, a sixth-grader, preps for on-air time at Esquire Hills Elementary School.
— image credit: Photo b y Celeste Cornish

bank with a suspect description that matched the man he had just seen running by. Birkenfeld immediately called for backup.

Birkenfeld noted the direction the man fled and spotted him walking on Mickelberry Road, in different clothes. Moments later a traffic deputy was on-scene and the suspect was stopped in front of the Linens ’n Things store. The suspect was perspiring and was somewhat out of breath and couldn’t explain his recent whereabouts. Police found the stolen money on him.

“I happened to be one of those people in the right place at the right time,” Birkenfeld said.

As for the change of clothes, a sheriff’s K-9 unit conducted a confirmation track and found the suspect’s discarded clothes matching the description given in the 911 call. The K-9 tracked the suspect’s movements from the bank to the east end of Clear Creek Centre and then to Mickelberry Road.

“I’ve got some sharp deputies and detectives who consistently exceed expectations,” said Sheriff Steve Boyer. “(Birkenfeld) put two and two together and went to work, he did an excellent job. It’s been my observation that there seems to be an increase in bank robberies during the holidays. It’s terrifying for customers and for tellers and I think a lot are resting easier now knowing we got the guy.”

Since being arrested, the suspect has been turned over to the FBI.

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