THE SCENE: A security guard stands outside the US bank which was allegedly robbed by two Far North Coast men.
THE SCENE: A security guard stands outside the US bank which was allegedly robbed by two Far North Coast men.

Bank thief accused runs Internet chat gauntlet

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

FORMER Trinity Catholic College students have described the arrest of their ex-classmate and bank robber accused Anthony Prince as 'funny', 'surprising', and 'insane' on the Internet.

The comments came as The Daily Telegraph's US-based reporter Nick Papps learned Byron Bay 19-year-olds Prince and Luke Carroll, a graduate of St John's College Woodlawn, photographed themselves in 'gangster' poses with the $170,000 stolen in the robbery at Vail, Colorado.

The newspaper yesterday reported the teenagers were regular customers at the bank they had now confessed to robbing and that the teller they robbed at gunpoint, named Amy, recognised Luke Carroll's voice.

The newspaper quotes US police sources saying Prince and Carroll raced from the bank to a ski lift and snowboarded several miles to a carpark, where they changed clothes and caught a bus to a McDonald's restaurant.

There the teenagers went into a toilet, where they photographed each other with a digital camera doing 'gangster' poses with the stolen money.

The next day the pair hired a limousine to get to Denver International Airport, where they were arrested after a security guard recognised them from a warning bulletin.

Carroll and Prince made a full confession after police found the digital camera, still containing the incriminating photographs.

The Telegraph also reports:

-The teens are also being investigated for credit card fraud at the Vail ski shop they worked at, Pepi Sports.

-US Police intercepted a parcel containing $11,000 from the robbery, which the teenagers had tried to mail home.

-The teens told police that Wal-Mart, which sold them the air pistols used in the robbery, should be held responsible for the crime.

-Prince collapsed in tears after learning he could go to jail for 25 years and be fined $250,000 for the robbery.

-Police said they identified Prince and Carroll as prime suspects within 90 minutes of the robbery, something described as 'pretty well unheard of'.

Former classmates of Prince spent yesterday swapping their thoughts on Prince's involvement in the crime in an Internet diary, called a blog, run by fellow graduate Jeremy Harrison.

Jeremy discovered Prince and Carroll were the charged teenagers after visiting a Colo- rado newspaper website.

Jeremy told The Northern Star Prince was a popular student at Trinity, and the allegations had surprised everyone. "He was a pretty nice guy. Everyone liked him."

Prince and Carroll are being held in custody in Denver after being indicted by a grand jury in a secret hearing. A judge will decide today whether the pair should re- ceive bail.



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