Crime

Serial bank robbery suspect arrested after deputy spots two cars used in robberies

PUEBLO WEST, Colo. - A serial bank robbery suspect was arrested after a deputy spotted two cars that were used in the robberies parked in a Pueblo West driveway, according to the sheriff's office. 

The sheriff's office said the deputy was working on an unrelated investigation. He was driving down Trevino Drive when he spotted an SUV that looked like the one that was used in three Pueblo West bank robberies this spring. A truck parked on the same property looked like the one used in two robberies in Colorado Springs and Pueblo during the same time frame. 

Deputies discovered the owner of both cars, 35-year-old Chad Hovet, lived at the house. They searched the house, questioned Hovet and his wife, and arrested Hovet in connection with three Pueblo West robberies:

  • A robbery at the Bank of San Juans in Pueblo West on March 29.
  • A robbery at the TBK Bank on Tiffany Drive six days later.
  • A robbery at the Ent Bank on Industrial Boulevard on May 24.

Deputies said Hovet is also a person of interest in:

  • A robbery at a UMB Bank in Colorado Springs on April 11.
  • A robbery at a Wells Fargo in Pueblo on May 24.

Hovet is charged with three counts of aggravated robbery, 13 counts of menacing, and two counts of theft. Deputies said more charges are likely. 


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