ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4)- A couple arrested for two robberies at Starbucks may have been involved in many more. The woman suspected of driving the getaway car while her boyfriend robbed the coffee shops told police they were involved in many more robberies.
Police arrested Jacob Rocke and Carmen Lopez at about 5 a.m. Saturday at a hotel in Lakewood. Detectives believe the pair robbed two Starbucks along Wadsworth in Arvada on Friday evening.
“The suspect was very similar in both instances, wore goggles, went into the store, produced what looked to be a gun,” said Arvada Police Commander Ed Brady.
Both robberies happened at gunpoint and although they happened rather quickly, it was long enough for a witness to get a license plate number.
“Certainly a good person to have off the street,” said Brady.
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Police in Arvada sent that license plate number to other police departments in the Denver metro area. Police in Lakewood found a match less than 12 hours later.
“They were able to search what had been recorded in that area in the past. So after this robbery and when we provided them with the license plate, they were able to go back there and locate the car,” said Brady.
Rocke and his girlfriend, Lopez, were arrested. Rocke admitted to the Starbucks robberies, but his girlfriend told police there were many more.
She said they had also robbed pizza places and hotels. Police believe Rocke is the man in surveillance videos robbing a Golden hotel at gunpoint.
Both suspects remain in jail. Several police departments across the Denver metro area are investigating Rocke to see if there is a connection to similar robberies.