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BOULDER, Colo. –

After a statewide search for a man who robbed banks in Boulder and Longmont earlier in the day, police said they found their suspect Friday night when officers arrested 44-year-old Richard Scott Ibbeson.

Ibbeson is accused of attempting to rob Advantage Bank in Boulder on Friday afternoon and then stealing an undisclosed amount of money from a Longmont Wells Fargo branch 40 minutes later.

The suspect is being held at Boulder County Jail on potential charges of robbery, theft and criminal attempt. His bail will be set Sunday morning, according to a jail spokesman.

At 1:50 p.m. Friday, a man approached a teller at Advantage Bank, 1611 Canyon Blvd., and said, “I’m gonna have to ask you for all your money,” police said.

The man put a backpack on the counter, but the teller told him that he didn’t have any money in his drawer because he had just opened. The teller showed the man his empty cash drawer and told the man that he was going to have to wait, police said.

The man agreed at first, but then decided to run out of the bank. He did not display any weapons. The suspect was described as a tall, slender white man with a goatee who wore blue jeans and a green long-sleeved sweatshirt.

At 2:33 p.m., a man with a similar description entered the Wells Fargo bank inside Safeway at 1050 Pratt Blvd. in Longmont. He demanded money and was handed cash before running away from the bank.

Longmont and Boulder police detectives and FBI agents believed the same suspect committed the robberies.

Shortly after 3 p.m., a Longmont police officer pulled over Ibbeson in south Longmont because he was “acting suspicious,” Longmont Cmdr. Tim Lewis said in a news release. But police didn’t have probable cause to arrest him in connection to the robberies, Lewis said, so he was released.

Police later determined Ibbeson was responsible for the robberies and issued a statewide bulletin for him and his vehicle. At around 8 p.m., Westminster police pulled over Ibbeson, who was later arrested by Longmont police.

Since 1990, Ibbeson has served prison time for various crimes and been arrested more than 60 times in Boulder County and other nearby areas, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. He’s been arrested on suspicion of such crimes as assault, cruelty toward children, larceny, harassment, trespassing and driving under the influence.

Archived comments

Time for Colorado to institute a “61 Strikes” law.


6/27/2009 12:14:53 PM

Nice looking guy:


6/27/2009 12:17:08 PM

60 arrests and he’s out wandering around. What a great country we live in!

6/27/2009 1:08:14 PM

Time to find another profession.

6/27/2009 1:15:16 PM

He looks like he likes it in the Pokey .)


6/27/2009 1:05:22 PM

If you get caught 60 times, maybe its time to look in the mirror and admit: “I’m an idiot”, then move on….


6/27/2009 2:37:46 PM

“a Longmont police officer pulled over Ibbeson in south Longmont because he was “acting suspicious,””

Copspeak for “no legal reason at all”


6/27/2009 2:50:03 PM

Hooplehead-Mottspeak for “I was repeatedly dropped on my head as a baby”

6/27/2009 2:59:05 PM

“If you get caught 60 times, maybe its time to look in the mirror and admit: “I’m an idiot”, then move on….”…he did, on to the next crime

6/27/2009 3:00:48 PM

Were you, Gary?


6/27/2009 3:05:16 PM

Mott_the_Hooplehead – this guy just might be going to prison with All the Young Dudes. Of course, if you were using your previous nom de plume (Uriah), you might say that he was Stealin’ When He Should’ve Been Buyin.’


6/27/2009 3:43:55 PM

Another White Punk on Dope …


6/27/2009 4:29:32 PM

Is that John Malkovich?


6/27/2009 6:14:05 PM

61 arrests?No problem.Just don’t tape a dog to the fridge or they’ll picket at your trial.


6/27/2009 6:19:47 PM

It’s the end of the world and he knows it.


6/27/2009 8:25:42 PM


how often do you get pulled over for “no legal reason at all”.With this guy and his 60+ prior arrests (averaging every 9 months if you go back to birth), isn’t it a fair guess something dumb was going on, based on the circumstances?It’s not like this guy has proven himself exactly “capable” as a criminal, right?

Funny you immediately take the side of the “other guy”.Says a lot, really.


6/27/2009 9:55:44 PM

“Time for Colorado to institute a “61 Strikes” law.”

Wouldn’t that be a minimum 500 years (to 20 life terms) in California?


6/27/2009 11:25:18 PM

“isn’t it a fair guess something dumb was going on”

And you dare call yourself “civilibertarian” ?

Hang your head in SHAME!


6/28/2009 7:56:19 AM


You’re right.It was probably one of the random BB checkpoints.Or maybe Jack Bauer put one of those magnetic tracking devices on this guy’s car so he could be followed by the black helicopters.

Try deductive reasoning.This guy isn’t very good at his job (being a criminal) so a logical guess absent more info is that he screwed up once again and got caught.

That said, if you have other info that his car was just randomly stopped with no provocation, I’m all ears.


6/28/2009 8:37:02 AM

60 arrests (plus who knows many crimes for which he wasn’t arrested) — and he was still allowed to run around committing more crimes. The same old story — a dangerous criminal with a long rap sheet. What does it take for a career criminal to be finally put away? The term “free country” seems to include the notion that repeat criminals should be free in this country.

6/28/2009 12:19:07 PM

And how much time would you be doing, Frank, if you were held accountable for every misdemeanor and felony you’ve committed in your colorful life?

Glass houses …

stones …

don’t throw.


6/28/2009 9:56:10 PM