Deputies say Jeffco smash and grab burglary at liquor store similar to others in county

Cash registers and liquor taken

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a smash and grab burglary similar to others that happened recently.

Deputies were sent to 5055 S. Kipling Parkway just after 1 a.m., on April 12, after an alarm went off at a liquor store.

The deputies discovered the glass on the front door was shattered by large landscaping rocks. The owners told 7NEWS Reporter Lindsey Sablan off-camera cigarettes, liquor and small amount of cash was stolen.

Surveillance video showed in less than a minute, two suspects throw a large rock through the glass door and rip the register from the counter. The suspects were wearing work style gloves, hoodies, and bandannas over their faces. They left in a white, possibly a late 1990's or early 2000's model Acura. 

"The suspects are very quick. They’re in and out within minutes. It’s hard for us then responding to catch them in the act," said Amber Luttrell with the sheriff's office.

Lakewood and Wheat Ridge have recently reported similar burglaries.

A second smash and grab was reported in Wheat Ridge about an hour after the liquor store break-in on April 12.

Burglars hit the Advantage Wireless store at 3914 Wadsworth Blvd. The President Sy Ruiz told 7NEWS a delivery truck driver heard glass breaking, then saw a man coming out of the cell phone store with stolen items. 

"When you first see it, it’s yours so there’s a definite emotional loss you feel it right away," Ruiz said. "They smashed the front of the showcase so that created even more glass everywhere...Just a mess, stuff on the carpet, all over. From the entrance probably 15 to 20 feet, you just saw pieces of glass all over. Then you saw these two humongous rocks."

Police said two cash registers were stolen, along with cell phones and accessories. Ruiz said the damage and stolen goods cost him in the thousands.

The suspect was described as a male wearing a grey hoodie who left in a white car.

A third smash and grab was reported 3 a.m., April 3, at 1555 South Kipling in Lakewood. Police said four masked suspects threw rocks through the glass door at Lockwood Square Liquors and took off with a cash register and liquor.

"We’re asking business owners to be cognizant of any suspicious people, either in the parking lot or casing the business itself. With that said, we’re also hoping the business owners are cognizant of their situation within the establishment. Are you removing the cash every night, are you securing your cash register in a way you hadn’t thought of before," Luttrell said.

Anyone who has information regarding these crimes is asked to call the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612.

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