Monument bank robbery suspect arrested

Posted 1/16/09

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 bank robbery suspect arrested

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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 visit.

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, Blaskowsky said.

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