Police: 3 young suspects arrested in recent takeover-style bank robberies

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PROVO, Utah – Provo Police said three suspects have been arrested in connection with a rash of recent bank robberies Tuesday.

Officials arrested 19-year-old Braydon Madsen, 21-year-old Luis Vera and 19-year-old Nicolas Vera for the bank robberies at the AM Banks in Lindon and Provo.

Nicholas Vera and Luis Vera were booked into the Utah County Jail for two counts of aggravated robbery.

Braydon Madsen was booked into the Utah County Jail for one Count of Aggravated Robbery.

Back on June 17, police were called to a takeover-style bank robbery at the AM Bank in Provo.

At approximately 4:45 p.m. Provo Police responded to a bank alarm at AM Bank, 3670 N. University Ave.

According to Provo Police, three armed men entered the bank and took control of the lobby.

The suspects demanded cash and left with an undisclosed sum of money.

The suspects were described as Caucasian men wearing grey suits, fake beards and masks.

No one was hurt during the incident.

Police said they believe these could be the same men who robbed an AM Bank in Lindon earlier this year.

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According to Lindon Police, two suspects entered the bank on May 2 during the take-over style robbery. Bank tellers were injured during the incident.

The suspects left the Provo bank in a white Chevrolet full-size passenger van with tinted windows.

AM Bank is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

Those with information about the Provo bank robbery have been asked to call Det. Payne with Provo Police at 801-852-6255.


  • Bob

    These young upstanding gentlemen are looking at time in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system and if they think they’ll get any sympathy from the guards they’re wrong.

    • ginger

      Well. I just want to tell you ummm…sir. That the one boy is my son. So I would appreciate your comment b kept to urself

  • Gigi

    While these “boys” may be looking at some serious time, their prior criminal record has a lot to do with their sentence. They can do anywhere from 5-25 yrs in the state prison. Bank robbery is only slightly different than robbing a convenience store or gas station. If it has to do with drugs, they may have another option of doing drug court which may actually give them a second chance at life. Hopefully they have good legal defenders. An attorney to represent a client in a robbery case can be upwards of $3k. There has to be more of a motive than just wanting the money. I feel for these kids, but can you also imagine how those people at the bank feel? They most likely will never feel safe at this or any job again. Fearing it will happen again.

  • ginger

    Absolutely…. I feel horrible for the employees for what they went through .my son Braydon isn’t a trouble maker never has been…the others I don’t know. We are expecting the worst but hoping for the best…this has to be every mothers worst nightmare. To have. My teenager in this mess is agonizing….

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