PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. -- A man from Pueblo West was found guilty Thursday of committing a series of bank robberies in 2018.
A jury deliberated for 45 minutes before rendering the guilty verdict against Chad Hovet, 36, who was charged with robbing three banks in Pueblo West and one in the City of Pueblo during a two-month spree in the spring of 2018. Hovet remains in Pueblo County Jail. He will be sentenced on February 4, 2020.
The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says that for months, local bank employees were on edge after Hovet committed the string of robberies that occurred between March 29 and May 24 in Pueblo County. Hovet was also linked to one bank robbery in Colorado Springs on April 11.
In October 2018, a detective working on an unrelated investigation saw a green GMC Envoy at a home in Pueblo West that resembled the vehicle used in the robberies of Pueblo West banks. A second vehicle on the property, a white GMC truck, was similar to the vehicle used in the robberies of a bank in Pueblo and another bank in Colorado Springs.
Sheriff’s detectives questioned the homeowner, later identified as Hovet, and his wife. Detectives then executed a search warrant on the property and of the vehicles and found evidence to connect Hovet to the robberies. He was arrested by Sheriff’s detectives on October 10, 2018.
The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says that in all four robberies, the suspect was described as a white male with slender build. He was reported wearing a dark green coat and had either a mask or bandana over his face and wore sunglasses. The weapon used in each of the robberies was reportedly the same type of handgun and the robber instructed employees at each of the banks to put the money in the same type of bag.