COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs police on Thursday made a break in a series of summer bank robberies. The suspects are a father and his two sons.
Police said Brock Butson, 51, drove the getaway car while Braden Butson, 23, and Nicholas Butson, 20, took turns committing the holdups. They face multiple bank robbery charges.
Officers arrested the trio at the Travel Star Inn on South Nevada Avenue. Police received tips about the Butsons after releasing surveillance photos taken during the robberies.
Detectives with the police robbery unit staked out the inn until they saw the car and two men who matched earlier descriptions. It was believed that only one man committed the robberies, police said, until they learned different heights were described and led police to realize there was possibly a second suspect.
According to police, the Academy Bank at 2835 Briargate Boulevard was robbed four times and had an attempted robbery. American National Bank at 3755 Briargate Boulevard, U.S. Bank located at 1125 West Garden of the Gods Road and First Bank at 817 Village Center Drive also were robbed, police said.
"I think it's nuts!" said former Academy Bank customer Dave Gray about the family of potential robbers.
Since May 20, police have been investigating the robberies.
"I can't believe a father would jeopardize his son's freedom like that. That's just asinine to me," said Gray.
Police say the Butson brothers robbed the Academy Bank on Briargate Boulevard four times and attempted a fifth time. So investigators were ready to catch them there, but police believe the Butson family robbed the ANB Bank instead, just a mile down the street.
After an eighth robbery happened on Thursday August 29, police released pictures of the suspects. Tips came in giving investigators the idea there were two men robbing banks.
"As it turned out, one of our robbery detectives who was just very alert, looking for a suspect vehicle, found it Sunday at a motel," said Colorado Springs Police spokesperson Barbara Miller.
Police found the Butsons at the travel star motel on South Nevada Avenue. Residents say the crimes are a sign of the times.
"The family has broken down so much and the economy is so bad that people are using that as an excuse for really selfish and desperate acts," said Deborah Hoffman.
In each holdup a suspect wore a ball cap, apparently had no weapon and left quickly after demanding money.
The FBI assisted police in the investigation.
Employees of the inn said they were concerned about the suspects being at their business.
"This is a family business that we just started," said an employee. "We don't want customers to see us in a bad light because of them.
A former close friend of the father tells Newschannel 13 Brock admitted he's been having money troubles. All three are facing charges of multiple counts of robbery.