WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – A band of thieves hit at least six businesses Monday morning in a crime spree targeting 7-Elevens and an e-cigarette shop.
Two suspects have been arrested, but two more are still on the run.
Surveillance video from Monday morning shows the beginning of a 3-hour crime spree that spanned three counties, several businesses, and five 7-Elevens.
“That’s a lot of locations to hit in a short amount of time,” said Cheri Spottke from the Westminster Police Department.
At about 2:15 a.m., two juveniles broke into a Westminster e-cigarette store. A teen in a red shirt is seen on video shattering the glass case with a hammer and emptying the shelves.
The other teen wearing a ski mask tried to kick through the glass, then filled his arms with products and raced from the store.
“They smashed the first display case here. They took pretty much everything out of it,” said owner David Dedig Jr.
He said his small business took a major hit, “We can’t really handle people breaking in and stealing product we’ve invested in.”
After leaving the store, police say the teens and two other suspects committed armed robberies at five 7-Elevens, three in Denver, one in Adams County and one in Westminster.
Denver police arrested two suspects on Monday, but two are still on the loose. Westminster police are also looking for answers.
“It’s pretty convoluted with five different robbery scenes, add in a burglary scene, it’s just a lot of work to coordinate that all,” said Spottke.
Dedig says the robbery has his small business struggling for survival.
“These kids just need to realize that they are hurting real people,” he said.
The two captured suspects were found when police traced a stolen car. The two still on the run are described as Hispanic males; one is 30-49 years old with a stocky build and a tattoo on his right forearm. The other is 18-21 years old with a slim build.
Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.