LAKEWOOD, Colo. - One of the two masked men who ordered employees of a Sprint store to the ground during a robbery has been sentenced, but his accomplice is still at large.
Spencer Brewer, 26, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in the crime. According to District Attorney spokeswoman Pam Russell, Brewer and another man were wearing masks when they burst into the store at 7611 West Colfax in Lakewood just before closing time on April 8, 2011.
Brewer was a former employee of the store, Russell said. He knew where the expensive phones and money were kept. The masked men also tried to drag a safe out of the store, but gave up because it was too heavy.
The second suspect, who is still unidentified, was carrying a gun during the robbery. Surveillance video from the crime shows one of the employees lying on the ground while the gunman and Brewer move through the store.
The two thieves got away with $15,000 in cell phones and over $1,000 cash.
DNA evidence helped lead investigators to Brewer, who was already on federal probation and had previous felony convictions for armed robbery. Russell said the DNA came from something Brewer left near the store and it matched his sample in the national database.
Brewer pleaded guilty on February 4, 2013 to aggravated robbery and one count of violent crime. He was sentenced on March 15 to 22 years in prison.
The gunman in this crime has still not been apprehended.
Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP or call Lakewood Detective Timothy Marquez at 303-987-7111.