Last week, in reporting about a stabbing outside a Glenwood Springs medical marijuana dispensary, we noted that the large number of security cameras required by law at such establishments offers plenty of investigative clues to police officers.
As such, committing crimes inside or outside of pot shops is very risky — and explains why the number of such incidents has been much lower than originally predicted by the anti-cannabis crowd.
But these factors didn't dissuade four men wanted for a broad-daylight robbery at a RiNo MMJ purveyor.
The crime was committed the afternoon of Sunday, September 20 — and at this writing, no one has been taken into custody and the suspect info is vague at best.
These discounts apparently weren't enough for the men who held up the shop yesterday.
The first official word of the crime came via this Denver Police Department tweet:
BREAKING: #DPD On scene of a armed robbery at 31st Blake St. Shots fired no injuries. PIO responding.— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) September 20, 2015
Fox31 shares additional details.
According to the station, the first calls to 911, logged around 1:45 p.m., mentioned the sound of gunshots and speculation that someone had been shot in the alley behind RiNo, which is located at 3100 Blake Street.
Upon their arrival, however, officers discovered that three men had robbed RiNo at gunpoint.
Thus far, the DPD isn't revealing what was taken in the incident.
However, the department confirms that two shots were fired as the robbers left the scene.
They may have used two getaway vehicles, with one presumably driven by the fourth suspect.
No one at RiNo was hurt, and neither were any bystanders.
The suspects are described simply as black males.
One was wearing a pink or purple dress shirt, while another one sported a baseball cap adorned with a Pittsburgh Steelers logo.
The vehicles, meanwhile, included a silver Mercedes described by Fox31 as "nice," and an older Volkswagen minivan in dodgier condition.
At this writing, there are no reports of suspects having been taken into custody.
However, you can bet there's plenty of surveillance footage showing exactly what happened.
If you have any information about this crime, you're encouraged to contact the Denver Police Department or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).
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Look below to see the aforementioned Fox31 report.