’32 Bandit’ May Have Struck Again
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Centennial are investigating another robbery that could be linked to the suspect known as the “32 Bandit.”
A veterinary clinic in Centennial was hit Thursday evening. That would make 23 robberies linked to the same suspect in little more than a month in the Denver metro area.
The Coal Creek Veterinary Hospital is located at Smoky Hill and Tower Road.
Aurora police believe the “32 Bandit” struck twice in just a matter of hours, robbing two sandwich shops Wednesday night.
The crimes happened Wednesday evening at the Quizno’s at 1627 South Havana, near Florida and the Subway off Iliff in Arapahoe County.
Aurora police said they think the robber has struck in the city 10 times and 10 more times in other Denver metro area locations. They say he has worn a sweatshirt with the number 32 several times during his crimes.
“It was scary — not for myself but for my employees and my customers,” said Tung Huynh, the manager of the Quizno’s.
Huynh said the robber walked into the store while he was working and quickly walked behind the counter with a gun drawn. He says the robber aimed his gun at his head and at an employee and demanded cash. There was also a customer in the store at the time.
The manager said the robber forced all three people down on the ground.
“After that he take the key in here and opened the drawer and take all the money,” said Huynh.
Authorities so far are not releasing surveillance images of the Wednesday night crime because they said the man had a mask on. They said other recent surveillance images of other crimes by the suspect do a better job of showing his appearance.
Police say the 32 Bandit is about 25 and is white or Hispanic with a medium build. They said he is about 5-foot-10. He was also wearing “retro Air Jordans” a very distinct black and yellow shoe.
Police also aren’t getting a vehicle description from the witnesses.
“Or direction of travel. It’s almost like he disappears,” said Aurora Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson. “Detectives look at certain behaviors that are displayed in robberies when we look at the way they are carried out and those behaviors were such that they matched the previous robberies.”
Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call police. There is a reward of more than $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.