The Denver District Attorney’s Office has formally charged the suspected bank robber dubbed the “Glamour Shot Bandit,” a 5-foot-2 teen dressed in flamboyant disguises, who walked into several Denver banks this spring, silently handed the tellers a note and left with wads of cash.
Brianna Casias, 19, was charged with one count of aggravated robbery, one count of felony menacing, one count of felony theft, five counts of robbery, two counts of criminal attempt to commit robbery and one count of tampering with physical evidence.
Casias has been tied to eight bank robberies or attempted robberies in Denver, according to the DA’s office. She made out with nearly $17,000.
The FBI dubbed Casias the “Glamour Shot Bandit” for her elaborate outfits designed to conceal her identity. Some of the ensembles included heavy makeup, wide-brimmed sun hats, blonde wigs, white latex gloves, purses and sunglasses.
Casias’ arrest affidavit details the scheme she repeated during the robberies. The 19-year-old, police said, would walk up to a bank teller and silently pass a note that read, “This is a robbery, please give me 100’s 50’s and 20’s.” She never uttered a word, police said.
Casias allegedly would go through the money, check for any tracking devices, shove the cash in her purse and bolt out the door to a nearby getaway car.
During one April robbery at the Key Bank on 6405 E. Hampden Ave., Denver, Casias allegedly pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun from her purse in an attempt to get more money, the affidavit said.
Multiple tips to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers helped authorities identify the robber as Casias, the affidavit said.
Police said the 19-year-old had prior arrests for second-degree assault of a firefighter or paramedic, third-degree assault, obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest and theft.