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Motions hearing continued in Crider case

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By Deborah Swearingen

A motions hearing has been continued for a man accused of robbing several South Jeffco banks.

Gary Mark Crider, 50, was arrested in early January in connection with robberies at three South Jeffco banks, as well as at banks in Louisville and Westminster between Dec. 9 and Jan 6. He pleaded not guilty to felony charges of aggravated robbery during an April arraignment.

According to the arrest affidavit, Crider is a suspect in the following robberies:

• At a Bank of the West in the 800 block of East South Boulder Road in Louisville on Dec. 9.

• At a UMB Bank in the 8000 block of West Bowles Avenue in South Jeffco 10 days later.

• At a Bank of the West in the 6700 block of West Bowles on Dec. 23.

• At a U.S. Bank in the 800 block of West 120th Avenue in Westminster on Dec. 29.

• At the same UMB Bank on West Bowles in a second incident on Jan. 6.

Following the Jan. 6 incident, Crider was arrested by the Westminster Police Department at the SpringHill Suites Denver North hotel in Westminster. The identification, location and arrest of Crider was a joint effort by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force and three other agencies, according to Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jeffco District Attorney’s office.

The suspect wore various disguises, including Black Panther and Darth Vader masks, while robbing the banks, according to the arrest affidavit.

The affidavit also says the suspect drove a white Saturn Vue while robbing the banks. The suspect later said he disguised the car after the Dec. 9 robbery in Louisville.

The total loss for the banks was more than $26,000, according to the affidavit. Though the bank robberies occurred in Jefferson, Boulder and Adams counties, all five have been filed in Jeffco.

At the time of the crimes, Crider was on state parole for attempted murder and federal probation for bank robbery. A warrant was issued for his arrest after he left a halfway house where he was living in mid-December.

Although Crider’s motions hearing was continued, Judge Lily Oeffler did hear some discussion among attorneys last Friday — mostly about the case’s discovery.

Stephanie Seibold, Crider’s public defender, worried she hadn’t yet received the discovery necessary to proceed with motions.

Discovery is the general process of a defendant obtaining information possessed by a prosecutor regarding the defendant’s case.

Pre-trial motions are arguments that certain evidence should be kept out of the trial, that certain people must or cannot testify or that the case should be dismissed altogether.

Oeffler felt the prosecution team had made an “active attempt to supply discovery,” but she agreed there was information that hadn’t yet made its way to Seibold.

“In this case, the court acknowledges the complexity of the case with multiple jurisdictions,” she said.

“The sooner the defense can get information the better they can prepare the case, but we are far out from trial,” Oeffler added.

Because of Crider’s not guilty plea, a trial has been set for Oct. 30 but hope for a plea negotiation remains.

“There’s hope that this can be resolved,” Seibold said.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.