Monument police arrested a disguised suspected bank robber when witness reports led them to his Littleton home. Jeff Gaylord, 50, was arrested for …
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Monument police arrested a disguised suspected bank robber when
witness reports led them to his Littleton home.
Jeff Gaylord, 50, was arrested for the Jan. 14 bank robbery at a
US Bank in Monument as well as a robbery and attempted robbery at a
branch in Castle Rock.
Authorities arrested Gaylord at his home Jan. 15, following a
two-hour interrogation conducted by multiple jurisdictions,
including Monument police, Littleton police and the FBI Rocky
Mountain Safe Street Task Force, said S. Blaskowsky, detective with
the Monument Police Department.
The official investigation disclosed the bank robberies were not
Gaylord’s first experience with the art of disguise.
Gaylord is a retired pro-wrestler, also known as “Missouri
Tiger,” “The Black Knight,” “The Hood” and “The New Spoiler.”
According to his online biography, Gaylord wrestled from 1985
through 1997, competing in a number of North American regional and
independent promotions. He appeared on the Bill Watts' Universal
Wrestling Federation, World Class Championship Wrestling and the
United States Wrestling Association.
He is 6-foot 3-inches tall and weighs more than 250 pounds.
“He’s built like a brick … house,” Blaskowsky said.
Gaylord’s professional wrestling photographs depict a massive,
muscle-bound 1980s performer, complete with a mullet and Speed-o as
a further sign of the times
The times clearly changed for Gaylord, who reportedly told
investigators his crime spree was driven by “personal economic
conditions,” Blaskowsky said.
Investigators believe Gaylord is the same person wanted for a
robbery at the US Bank at the King Soopers on Founders Parkway in
Castle Rock. On Dec. 23 a disguised man passed a note to a teller,
demanding money and claiming he had a gun.
The man was wearing a hoodie, sunglasses, fake beard and a fake
padded belly. He was spotted entering the Castle Rock branch a
second time Dec. 31, but left the area when approached by a store
employee. The suspect was not wearing obvious padding on the second
He wasn’t as lucky in Monument when he allegedly robbed the King
Soopers’ US Bank branch on West Baptist Road. In that robbery,
Gaylord was reportedly wearing a fake beard, a band aid over his
nose, dark sunglasses and a hoodie pulled over his head.
In that case, Gaylord also passed a note indicating he had a
weapon and demanding money.
Witnesses to the robbery got a license plate number, leading
officers to his home, Blaskowsky said.
A search warrant disclosed Gaylord was in possession of the bait
money planted by the Monument teller, as well as a note pad with
impressions of one of the demand notes, Blaskowsky said.
Gaylord is in federal custody as officials determine which
jurisdiction will handle the case. Because his crimes involve
multiple bank robberies, Gaylord could face federal prosecution,
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