GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (CBS4) – The man described as the “32 Bandit” was busy once again. Police say he’s added another business to his list of targets.
A Jimmy John’s sandwich shop in Greenwood Village was robbed Thursday around 8:15 p.m.
Police say the suspect carried out the crime just like in Aurora two weeks ago. He’s dressed in a gray hoodie, wearing a mask, and pointing a handgun to collect an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. In many of the earlier robberies the suspect wore a hoodie with the number “32.”
Police are afraid it’s only a matter of time before somebody gets hurt.
“In a dynamic situation like this where you have a crime in progress anything could happen,” Greenwood Village Police Chief John Jackson said.
On Friday Greenwood Village police went to stores handing out flyers with tips on how to make a business less of a target.
“They need to make sure that in the evening they are not putting people in businesses alone if at all possible,” Jackson said. “They need to manage their cash, they need to make sure that cash is deposited so that we aren’t keeping large amount of cash in these businesses.”
Another idea for store owners is reduce the amount of signs on windows. It’s a good idea to promote the business, but people outside might not be able to spot a crime in progress. It’s also a good idea for employees to see who is approaching the business.
The public has a role to play as well. Police say be on the lookout for suspicious behavior, such as a person flipping up a hoodie or even bending over.
“Bending over could be the grabbing of a weapon out of their belt or sock,” Jackson said.
By the numbers, the latest robbery is the 24th, reaching into eight different communities with police comparing clues to crack the case.
There is currently a $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.