On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Trinidad Police Department officers were dispatched to International Bank on a report of a robbery that just occurred. The male party then left the bank on foot and headed towards McDonald’s, according to a Trinidad Police Department press release.
Officers were told that a male party entered International Bank and told a teller that he was armed, although he never brandished a weapon, and he was robbing the bank. The teller complied with his demand for money. Once he received the money, he then left the bank. The male party was identified as James Gamboa, 41, of Trinidad.
Additional officers located Gamboa on Nevada Avenue. He did not have any weapons in his possession and was taken into custody. He was placed at the Las Animas County Jail and faces one count of Robbery, a class 4 Felony, and one count of theft, a class 3 misdemeanor.
“We were in the right place at the right time,” said Police Chief Charles Glorioso in a Wednesday, January 9 phone call. “A message came over the radio that the bank was being robbed and we were able to apprehend this individual less than a block from the bank. The amount of money stolen won’t be released until the formal report is filed.”