Suspect arrested following bank break-in

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Banks are usually pretty secure places – locked up over the weekend until business starts back up.

But when a few employees returned to their Nob Hill branch Monday morning, they weren’t alone.

It sounds pretty bizarre, but those employees found a man inside the Bank of America near Central and Washington.

Police say as the workers were walking in, an alarm began to sound.

That’s when they were able to see on surveillance a man inside. They rushed back outside and called police.

APD said 42-year-old Brian Kolbush made his way in through an unlocked rear door; no one was inside when entered.

“Even though banks would typically be bank robbery targets during the daytime, an after-hours theft wouldn’t be something simple for a thief,” said officer Charles Chavez.

The nearby Media Arts Collaborative Charter School was locked down while police searched the bank. The principal says they were prepared, but the whole thing doesn’t sit well.

”It concerns me that if they don’t have their security provisions in place, that would be alarming,” said Glenna Voigt.

Police don’t know if Kolbush was trying to rob the bank. They say there was no damage.

Court records show Kolbush has a long criminal history. He pled guilty to identity theft years ago and is facing charges from embezzlement to credit card theft and forgery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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