Police seek witnesses in Parachute robbery
The Parachute Police Department is asking witnesses of an armed robbery on Feb. 16 to come forward and share any information they have.
A customer had left the Green Joint marijuana store around 7 p.m. that day when he was robbed at gunpoint.
The next morning, law enforcement arrested Reenoh Blanco and Prince Romello Sistunk while heading to execute a search warrant at the apartment complex located at 200 Colorado Ave.
The two, who are both from California, are believed to have lived at the Cottonwood View apartment complex for about a month, Parachute Police Chief Cary Parmenter said.
They were arrested without incident in the 100 Block of Cardinal Way in front of the Family Dollar Store.
Parmenter credited the quality of the Green Joint’s video surveillance system, which he called “top-notch,” with helping police identify the suspects.
As of last Friday afternoon, police tracked down and interviewed one witness, but Parmenter thinks there are others.
It is a busy area of town, he said, and the surveillance footage shows two vehicles at the scene the time the robbery happened.
Parmenter said anyone with information, including on the vehicles in the surveillance footage, or anyone who was in the area around the same time as the robbery should contact the Parachute Police Department at 970-285-7630, ext. 122.
“We just want to get as much evidence as we can to help the (district attorney) with the prosecution,” he said.
The emerging marijuana industry in Parachute has been controversial, with some residents ardently opposed to town trustees’ decision last summer to repeal a ban on marijuana businesses.
Parmenter noted that the robbery did not take place inside the Green Joint, which opened its doors in December. Further, the business was very cooperative in the investigation, especially in providing the surveillance footage, he added.
Since the investigation is still open, the chief would not go into detail on what was stolen Tuesday, although he did confirm that marijuana was taken.
While executing the search warrant Wednesday, officers discovered property stolen during a residential burglary several days earlier, and Parmenter said officers are working on determining a possible connection to another open case.
While armed robberies are infrequent in town, they do occasionally happen. The Feb. 16 robbery was the first incident Parmenter’s department has responded to in the vicinity of one of the new marijuana stores.
“We haven’t had a need to respond to the marijuana stores for any other issue,” he said.
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