COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Masked robbers carrying guns barged into a business and held employees at gunpoint while emptying out registers and taking whatever else they could.
That scene played out over and over during the weekend as crooks carried out a string of robberies across Colorado Springs. Police say at least 12 robberies spanning Saturday night into Sunday morning may be connected. Robbery detectives are investigating that possibility but have not definitively confirmed a link.
"There are some similarities between some of the robberies," said Lt. Howard Black with the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Over a several-hour time span, crooks worked their way across the city, holding up businesses on all sides of town and committing at least one personal robbery in Old Colorado City.
The following places were confirmed hit during the spree:
- 331 S. Hancock Ave., 7-Eleven robbed at 11:35 p.m.
- 4385 Sinton Road, La Quinta robbed at 12:25 a.m.
- 1702 S. 8th St., 7-Eleven robbed at 1:20 a.m.
- 965 Wooten Road, Diamond Shamrock robbed at 4:30 a.m.
- 6020 Dublin Blvd., 7-Eleven robbed at 4:50 a.m.
Police have not released the remaining six addresses.
While suspect descriptions have not been released by police, employees at the 7-Eleven on Dublin tell 11 News their store was robbed by three men and a woman.
Surveillance footage from one of the businesses shows a man dressed head to toe in black barging in carrying a large rifle, which he immediately aimed at the cashier. While he kept his firearm fixed on the clerk, at least two others are shown helping themselves to cash from the register and items from the shelves.
"People are getting brazen. They don’t care about the consequences, they don’t care about people’s lives. They’re going to take anything they can get. The money, the drugs, whatever else that they want," an employee told 11 News.
Employees at multiple locations told 11 News the robbers got away with cash, food and drinks.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.