The Wells Fargo Bank branch in Ignacio was robbed Tuesday afternoon, apparently at gunpoint, and the suspect remained at large.
The robbery occurred about 2:15 p.m. at 615 Goddard Ave., in Ignacio, said Dan Bender, spokesman for the La Plata County Sheriff's Office, which was assisting in the investigation.
Ignacio schools went into lockdown soon after the robbery, but students were released to go home at the end of the day.
KSUT-FM, based in Ignacio, also went into lockdown in case the suspect was out to make a larger statement to the community, said Patrick Watts, a disc jockey programmer for the radio station.
He said police presence was visible at both ends of town, and yellow caution tape was placed around the teller stations at the bank.
The suspect was described as a white or a light-skinned black man. He was 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 180 pounds, had a beard and wore dark-colored shoes, white stocking cap, blue jeans, gray hoody or light jacket and sunglasses.
He was possibly in his late 30s and was last seen walking southbound on Goddard Avenue.
The suspect allegedly had a handgun, Bender said.
The Sheriff's Office sent an investigator and four patrol deputies to assist with the investigation.
An employee at the Wells Fargo in Ignacio referred calls to the Wells Fargo in Durango, where another employee said she could not comment about the incident.
The Ignacio Police Department did not return a phone calls seeking comment.