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Pueblo West man charged with 3 bank robberies, under investigation for others

Posted at 1:44 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 21:12:35-04
Chad Hovet
Chad Hovet is facing charges of aggravated robbery, menacing and theft.

PUEBLO COUNTY – A Pueblo West man is in custody accused of a series of bank robberies in the spring of 2018. 35-year-old Chad Hovet was arrested Wednesday morning after a deputy followed up on his sighting of two cars similar to those seen leaving three bank robberies in Pueblo West.

The vehicles in question are a green GMC Envoy and a white GMC pickup which were mentioned in notices to the public as investigators searched for the suspect. Both were parked on the property on S. Trevino Dr. After running the plates and registration on the cars, investigators determined the same person owned the vehicles.

In each of the robberies the suspect was described as a white male, about 5’9″ tall with a thin build. The descriptions were based on witness information and surveillance video that shows the robber dressed with a hood and face covering. The suspect in all of the crimes Hovet is charged with was carrying a revolver.

Pueblo West Bank Robberies
Surveillance images of the suspect(s) in the Ent robbery (May 24, 2018) and TBK Bank robbery (April 4, 2018). (Courtesy: Pueblo Sheriff’s Office)

Hovet and his wife were both questioned. He’s now charged with three counts of aggravated robbery, 13 counts of menacing and two counts of theft.

As the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is working with the FBI and Colorado Springs Police Department to review other bank robbery cases, more charges could be filed against Hovet.

Timeline of bank robberies Hovet is charged with:
March 29th – Bank of San Juans, Pueblo West
April 4th – TBK Bank, Pueblo West
May 24th – Ent, Pueblo West

Robberies Hovet is considered a person of interest for the following robberies:
April 11th – UMB Bank, Colorado Springs
May 24th – Wells Fargo Bank, Colorado Springs