VIDEO: Repeat robbers take over' Family Dollar

Posted at 11:39 PM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-24 01:39:09-05

Lakewood Police are looking for two suspects who robbed a Family Dollar store "take over" style in Lakewood.

It happened on Dec. 10 at a store located on Sheridan Blvd. The entire robbery was caught on tape.

In the surveillance video, you can see two suspects walk into the store. Both are wearing black hoodies and bandanas.

Police said the crooks typically show up around closing time, looking for cash.

"These are the kinds of people who are dangerous, desperate, they're armed and those are bad combinations for everybody," said Lakewood Police spokesperson Steve Davis.

Since October, investigators believe these same suspects are responsible for at least 16 robberies across the metro area, including several other Family Dollar stores in Aurora, Denver and Commerce City. They've also targeted gas stations and an auto parts store.

"It's quite frequent that they're pulling these robberies," said Davis. "They just burst into the store, take over and take the money."

In the Lakewood video, the first suspect is seen pointing a handgun at the two employees inside the Family Dollar while the other guy enters the store with a crowbar.

They make their way to the cash register. The first suspect grabs all the cash from the first draw and puts it in his pocket. The other suspect is seen searching for more. Seconds later, he clears out the second register and safe before they both take off.

The entire robbery took less than three minutes.

"It's a small business they can get in and out quickly," said Davis.

These guys are so brazen, Family Dollar is offering a cash reward and has put up signs inside some of its store locations.

Davis said investigators believe a group of 6 to 8 suspects are taking turns pulling off these robberies.

"Some of the robberies have had two suspects come in, and some of the robberies have had as many as four come in," he said.

Police want these suspects caught before they turn violent.

"As soon as these suspects meet any kind of resistance from somebody, it's probably safe to say someone's going to get hurt or killed," said Davis.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lakewood Police.