DENVER (CBS4) – Police are searching for a violent thief known as the ‘Big Mac Bandit,’ responsible for three armed robberies in Denver in the past few weeks.

On March 20, the masked man held up the Sparks Liquor Store on 14th Avenue. Surveillance video shows the thief point an automatic weapon at manager Donald Guth and another employee while yelling orders.

“I was grateful he didn’t shoot anybody,” said Guth.

Donald Guth (credit: CBS)

Donald Guth (credit: CBS)

He described the bandit’s orders, “This is a robbery, this is really happening. Dude seemed like he’s obviously done it before.”

Guth said the weapon got his attention — a “fast firing pistol, fully automatic.”

The Big Mac Bandit got his nickname from his large size, approximately 300 pounds, and the fact that he appears to be carrying a MAC-10 weapon.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

In the past two weeks, he’s also robbed two 7-Elevens, leaving a bullet hole inside one.

Denver police say the fact that Big Mac has fired his weapon has them very concerned.

Guth said that after taking money from the cash register, the bandit left with a final set of instructions.

He said they were told, “Get on the floor. Keep your hands up. Count to 30 seconds. Sorry for inconveniencing you tonight.”

Guth is hoping karma will eventually catch up with Big Mac.

The suspect is described as a black male about 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-3 in height, and weighing between 280 to 300 pounds. He may be driving a red or maroon late 1990s model Chevy Lumina or Monte Carlo, or newer model Chevy Impala.

Additional Information From The Denver Police Department

Anyone with information is asked to call Denver police at (720) 913-2000. Remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter the message or send an e-mail to


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