Four arrested in Carbondale pot shop robbery
CARBONDALE — Four people face charges after a Carbondale marijuana shop was robbed at gunpoint as it was opening Monday morning.
Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said two robbers walked through the front door of Sweet Leaf Pioneer marijuana shop on Village Road at about 10 a.m. and one showed a gun to employees. No customers were in the shop at the time, the chief said.
The pair fled in a red Ford Mustang with “an undisclosed amount of cash,” according to a press release from Carbondale police.
Authorities alerted law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for a stolen red Mustang.
Schilling said the robbers also took items besides cash, but he wouldn’t disclose what they were.
Police got calls that the Mustang was spotted on Garfield County Road 109, then on CR 108. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and Glenwood Springs Police Department joined the hunt.
Officers found the Mustang ditched on CR 108 west of Carbondale a bit past the Pitkin County line. The news releases said they believed the robbers switched vehicles.
Schilling wouldn’t say whether the Mustang was, in fact, stolen, saying it could harm the investigation.
Later Monday morning officers stopped a green Honda on CR 125 and CR 117 with four people inside, two of whom matched the description of the robbers.
After questioning, all four were arrested on charges of aggravated robbery of a controlled substance, a class 2 felony; complicity to commit aggravated robbery of a controlled substance, a class 2 felony; and false Imprisonment, a class 1 misdemeanor.
Aurturo-Nuno Cervantes, 20, of Glenwood Springs; Erick Jose Colon, 25, of Glenwood Springs; and Bryan Flores-Calix,19, of Silt, were taken to Garfield County Jail. A 17-year-old was released to his parents.
Flores-Calix in April was charged with felony trespass, theft, false reporting and criminal mischief in an incident involving his green Honda Civic.
According to his arrest affidavit at the time, Flores-Calix offered $100 to an irate Silt resident to not call police after he took the hood off the man’s car on the night of April 6.
He told police he spotted the white Honda Civic shortly after the hood on his own green Civic fell off. He followed the car home, unbolted the hood and was setting it into place on his car when he was confronted by the owner.
The Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division does not keep count of robberies at Colorado’s marijuana facilities, said Ro Silva, the department’s director of communications.
Silva also said the revenue department could not reveal its investigative methods following such a robbery.
Marijuana stores are all-cash businesses because their product is illegal under federal law, scaring banks and credit card companies away from handling money from drug sales. The stores are required by Colorado regulators to have video surveillance equipment.
Aspen’s Stash was robbed July 28 by a man armed with a hammer.
Hayden May, 21, is charged in that case with, among other things, aggravated robbery of a controlled substance while armed with a deadly weapon. If he’s convicted of that count, he faces a minimum prison term of 16 years and a maximum of 48 years.
May also is charged with felony theft, which mandates a prison term of one to three years upon conviction, as well as a harassment charge, which calls for a term of as long as six months. He also was expected to face a charge of aggravated motor vehicle theft, the Aspen Times reported in August.
After fleeing the store, authorities said, May stole a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe from a former employer and apparently headed east on Interstate 70. He was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri, after a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph, ending with May’s vehicle colliding head-on with a police car, according to St. Louis police.
In Missouri, he was charged with felony assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, felony resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance.
Will Grandbois contributed to this report.
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