DENVER - A 30-year old Denver man has been charged with aggravated robbery following an alleged year-and-a-half-long robbery spree targeting tow truck drivers.
Quincy Bowers learned about the charge against him during a court appearance Tuesday morning.
He’s being held in Denver’s Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center on $100,000 bond.
Police say Bowers was very efficient in his heists.
“His modus operandi was basically to call a tow truck to the scene, work out a deal that he had a junk car for sale, then robbed the driver when he showed up,” said Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson.
Tow Truck driver Jose L. is one of eleven alleged victims.
“On May 15, I got a call to pick up a junk car near Mississippi and Monaco,” he told 7NEWS. “When I got there, he told me the car was in back, so I drove around.”
Jose L. says the “customer” opened the tow truck door and pretended to give him the key, but instead pulled out a gun.
“It was a black 9mm. He said just give me the money and go away,” Jose L. said. “I didn’t think twice. I just got my money and gave it to him.”
He said the thief got away with more than $800 cash.
Court documents indicate that Bowers struck again two hours later, this time in Green Valley Ranch.
Tow truck driver Jesus S. told police that he was dispatched to the 4700 block of Argonne Street to pick up a 1998 Jeep Cherokee. He said his boss told him that the caller wanted $400 for the vehicle.
Jesus S. said he went to Building D and was told that the owner moved the car to Building O.
He said he drove to the other building, got out of his truck and noticed the same man who’d robbed him on February 26 near Colfax Avenue and Ash Street.
“He said, ‘Don’t play no games and give me all the money,’” Jesus S. told police. “All the money or I will shoot you.”
Jesus S. estimated that Bowers got away with $3,500 cash from that second robbery alone.
Court documents show the dates and locations of other robberies involving the same M.O.
- Jan. 16, 2012 - 2306 Glenarm Pl.
- Jan. 19, 2012 - 1240 Franklin St.
- Oct. 17, 2012 - 220 Park Ave. West
- Jan. 8, 2013 - 4775 Argonne St.
- Jan. 10, 2013 - 5001 E. Mississippi Ave.
- Jan. 29, 2013 - 10025 E Girard Pl
- Feb. 26, 2013 - 1531 Ash St.
- Mar. 15, 2013 - 7370 E. Florida Ave.
“Obviously, we’re glad he’s off the street,” Jackson said of Bower’s arrest. “I mean, you’re talking about armed robbery and you’re talking about 11 times.”
Jackson wouldn’t say how much money Bowers is suspected of stealing, but he did say, “We’re fortunate that no one was hurt, because tow truck drivers are pretty tough guys as a rule.”
Bowers is due back in court on June 27.