Archive | March, 2010

Robber hits ATM during stocking

29 Mar

A robber held up a man stocking an ATM machine inside Porter Adventist Hospital about 9:15 a.m. today, according to Denver Police.

Sonny Jackson, spokesman for the Denver Police Department, said the ATM was located just inside an entrance to the hospital.

Credit-card criminals hit Colorado Springs

27 Mar

Police in Colorado Springs are asking for the public’s help in identifying two women who are suspects in credit card fraud along the Front Range.

The women, both in their mid-20s and neatly dressed, enter banks and present “fraudulently obtained” credit cards to tellers and ask for a cash advance, Colorado Springs police said in a media release.

As the teller begins to process the request, one of the women uses a cell phone to supposedly call the card issuer “for an override code” to approve the advance.

The suspect instead, unknown to the teller, calls a pharmacy and gets a prescription fill number and hangs up. She then hands the phone to the teller, instructs her to hit the redial button, and the teller hears a recording that “announces a verification code.”

Some tellers fall for the scam and they hand over the cash, police said.

Armed jewelry heist

25 Mar

Three armed men wearing bandanas burst into an Adams County business Tuesday night and fired shots in a jewelry heist.

The incident happened at about 6:25 p.m. at Plaza Latina, in the 7000 block of Pecos Street, according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

About 15 employees and five customers were in the business at the time of the armed robbery.

No one was shot or injured and the robbers fled the scene, perhaps in a white Ford Taurus, the sheriff’s office said in a media release.

The plaza houses several businesses, including a jeweler, a Western wear vendor, a check-cashing business and other goods and services.

Lupe Ly, manager of the plaza, said the armed men shot out glass display cases and made off with several pieces.

“They shot out the cabinet to get at the jewelry and ran out the back door,” Ly said.

Workers and customers were shaken by the incident, but the business is open today.

The sheriff’s office described the suspects as Hispanic men armed with handguns and a shotgun. One suspect wore baggy blue jeans and a blue jacket, one wore a red and white jacket, and the third suspect wore an orange sweater. All wore bandanas.

Wednesday: Film screening to support Oakland rioters

20 Mar

Wednesday, March 24th

P&L Printing 2298 Clay St, Denver

6:30 PM

Denver Anarchist Black Cross hosts a film night to benefit the over 150 people who were arrested during the rebellions in response to the January 2009 police killing of Oscar Grant III in California.

On the night of January 7th, a protest of the execution became a riot in downtown Oakland as barricades were formed, businesses were vandalized, and luxury cars, police cruisers and city vehicles were smashed and arsoned. Rioting continued on January 14th and 30th.

Over a year later, felony charges remained against two individuals–the charges against JR Valrey were recently dropped; Holly Works’ trial begins in April. Both are facing high legal fees.

Donations will go to help defray the legal fines of the Oakland 100.

A discussion will follow the short film, copies of ‘Unfinished Acts’ (a detailed and illustrated narrative of the Oakland riots) will be available, and refreshments will be provided.

Please come support the Oakland 100 and celebrate rebellions against the police.

Denver residents jump light rail fares, skip court dates

20 Mar

A recent article in the Denver Post reports that although the number of tickets issued by RTD to light rail fare evaders increased to 7,178 in 2009 from 5,074 in 2008 and 3,174 in 2007, a large number don’t show up to their court dates.

Public service announcement:

The first time someone is caught without a ticket, they are issued a warning.

The second time, a fine of $50 is issued.

The fine can be argued in court.

If the fine is not paid and court is skipped, a warrant may be issued for misdemeanor theft.

Fare inspectors are not police officers.

Chase Bank robbed in Denver

18 Mar

The FBI and the Denver Police Department are seeking the man who robbed the Chase Bank, 1125 17th St., in Denver at noon Tuesday.

He approached a teller and verbally demanded cash, said Kathy Wright, spokeswoman for the FBI in Denver.

The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money.

No weapon or get-a-way vehicle was seen.

Some pancakes with your bacon? Cops search for man who tried to run down deputy

17 Mar

Police are searching for David Andrew Herr, a man investigators say tried to run over an Adams County deputy after leading cops on a chase late Tuesday night.

The incident began around 10:30 p.m. when adeputy sheriff attempted to stop a vehicle near Pecos Street and Orchard Drive for a traffic violation.

The driver of older model, four-door, Buick, began to elude the deputy and a chase began.

The chase was called off the chase near East 70th Avenue and Washington Street in unincorporated Adams County.

A short time later, deputy saw the Buick turn west from Washington on to East 64th Street, which dead-ends just east of Interstate 25, according to Sgt. Candi Baker, spokeswoman for the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies converged on the area. A woman, identified as Kristin Akin, 24, left the vehicle carrying a 6-month-old baby who was in a car seat.

At that point, said investigators, Herr put the vehicle in reverse and drove through a fence at a high rate of speed. Herr then drove forward, aiming the vehicle at a deputy.

As Herr, 25, drove at the officer, the deputy opened fire.

Deputies then followed the Buick into downtown Denver, but abandoned the pursuit as it neared Civic Center.

Neither Herr nor the vehicle have been located. Authorities don’t know if Herr, who lives in Adams County, was injured by the gunfire.