Charges for Meeker bank robbery suspect filed

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Jock Waylon Thacker

— Charges have been filed against a 21-year-old Louisiana man suspected of robbing Mountain Valley Bank on April 12 in Meeker.

Jock Waylon Thacker is charged in Rio Blanco County Court with robbery and theft of $1,000 to $20,000, Class 4 felonies.

Ac­cord­ing to court documents, Thacker entered the bank just after 9 a.m. and approached the teller counter.

Bank employee Kimberly Gould reported to authorities that she asked Thacker if he needed assistance.

Thacker then unfolded a receipt with a note on the back reading, “Don’t be crazy, take the money out of the register and place it on the counter and no one gets hurt,” according to court documents.

An audit of the teller drawer completed after the robbery determined $1,279 had been taken from the bank, court records state.

Gould reported the suspect was wearing a straw cowboy hat, a beige Western-style shirt, blue jeans, cowboy boots and spurs.

A reverse 911 page was issued by the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office communication center to put local residents on alert.

Less than an hour after the robbery, Meeker Police Department officer Jim Amick apprehended Thacker in a cow pasture on the south bank of the White River.

A standard search of the suspect revealed Thacker had $1,279 in cash on him, according to court documents.

Court documents also revealed that on April 11, the night before the robbery, Thacker spent the night with a Meeker woman.

At about 8:45 a.m. April 12, the woman drove Thacker to his cabin at the Rustic Lodge, where owner Andrea Gonzales later reported Thacker had been staying for about a month.

At about 9:11 a.m., about 10 minutes after the robbery, Thacker phoned the Meeker woman and asked her to pick him up at his cabin, according to the woman’s statement.

At 9:41 a.m., the woman received a text message from her uncle that a notification had been issued by county authorities.

The woman read the text aloud, to which Thacker reportedly responded, “How did you know I robbed the bank?”

According to the woman’s statement, she asked Thacker why he robbed the bank, and he responded, “I need the money to get home to Louisiana.”

Thacker is in custody at Rio Blanco County Jail on $10,000 bond.

He is next scheduled to appear April 27 for arraignment in Rio Blanco County Court.

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