Some people are just bold, bold! And 26-year-old Darren Connolly fits right into that category, per court records documenting his alleged recent crime. Darren allegedly spent his time on June 15 robbing a bank with a lil’ tag-along issued by the state: an ankle monitor. Court records reportedly say police arrested Darren on June 16, per 9News Denver.
Darren’s Prior Criminal History
Darren was given some leeway with parole in April of this year, per the Colorado Department of Corrections. His former criminal record includes two convictions in Colorado.
The state charged him with attempted first-degree murder for shooting at a “good Samaritan” during a liquor store robbery in 2016. Although the person wasn’t hurt, Darren’s charges initially totaled 10. He pled guilty in that case and was sentenced in January 2018.
Then in December 2017, he pled guilty again. This time the plea was for felony menacing.
How Investigators Connected Darren To The Bank Robbery
It looks like these experiences did little to curb Darren’s criminal appetite. About six years later, investigators have named Darren as a suspect in the robbery of Canvas Credit Union. While Darren suggestively hoped to cash in, his ankle monitor was selling him out. The tracker feature in the ankle monitor allowed investigators to begin building a case.
“There was one ankle monitor in the area of the credit union at the time of the robbery,” an FBI agent wrote in the criminal complaint, per 9News Denver. “Furthermore the same ankle monitor arrived in the area as the suspect vehicle and left the area at the same time as the suspect vehicle.”
Darren didn’t act alone in the bank robbery. Evidence collected includes still footage from the bank’s surveillance cameras. In the photos, multiple men stormed the credit union wearing hoodies and masks and touting rifles.
It’s unclear what charges Darren currently faces for the alleged bank robbery.
Documentation on the Colorado Department of Corrections’ website lists his estimated sentence discharge date as March 19, 2025. However, this date may be relevant to his prior criminal convictions rather than the current accusations.
This story is still developing.
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