Suspect arrested for very clumsy robbery of Lolita's Market in Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder police say a tip led them to arrest a suspect in a hilariously clumsy robbery that occurred 10 days ago.

Joseph Patrick Totten, 24, was allegedly the only one responsible for the April 1 robbery of Lolita's Market at 800 Pearl Street, although police had previously wondered if a second suspect was involved.

Armed with a gun and dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, Totten allegedly demanded money from the cash register. A bandana was obscuring his face during this part of the alleged crime.

"The suspect gave the clerk back some of the money, telling him that it was for the clerk," Boulder Police spokesperson Laurie Ogden said in a news release.

Other surveillance video allegedly shows Totten dressed in a yellow shirt and "Beatles" pajama pants fumbling with a gun outside the store. The handgun falls out of the bottom of his pajama pants and he then spends the next minute trying to pick it up and fit it back into his pocket.

Totten was taken into custody by Boulder's Tactical Crime Team on Wednesday while he was headed to work and he was officially arrested after a witness identified him in a photograph array. He is charged with aggravated robbery, DUI and prohibited use of a weapon.

Anyone with additional information about the suspect or the crime is asked to call Detective Kristin Weisbach at (303) 441-4474. Anonymous tips can also be made through Boulder County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or (800) 444-3776.

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