King Soopers employee accused of using position to rob other stores
DENVER — A King Soopers clerk is accused of using his uniform to gain access to cash registers and steal money from other stores, police said Tuesday.
Anthony Cruz, 22, was arrested Sunday after store security apprehended him and called police saying he had tried to burglarize several stores, Denver police said on their Facebook page.
Police said the first robbery happened on Nov. 6 when Cruz, wearing his King Soopers uniform, went to a fuel center at a store on Evans Avenue and S. Federal Boulevard.
He told the clerk inside the fuel station that “a head clerk told me to come relieve you. They need help inside,” according to a probable cause for arrest statement.
The clerk left and Cruz took out a large stack of $20 bills, police said. When the clerk returned, Cruz left with the money, they said.
Sunday, Cruz tried the tactic again, this time at different King Soopers store, police said. However, the store employee there didn’t recognize Cruz and didn’t let him into the fuel center.
“Upon defeat at the second location, Cruz returned to the original location and attempted again the same ruse with a different clerk,” police said on the Facebook post.
On the third try, police said the clerk inside the fuel station did not recognize Cruz and called security. The security officer recognized Cruz from surveillance video from the earlier robbery, police said.
He confronted Cruz, who admitted to the thefts, police said. Cruz wrote an employee statement saying he had taken $500, the Facebook post said. Police were called and Cruz was arrested.
King Soopers security said that the cash drawer from the Nov. 6 robbery was actually short $1,071.