Gunman robs vet hospital in Centennial

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Coal Creek Vet Hospital in Centennial robbed

Coal Creek Vet Hospital in Centennial robbed

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Investigators from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office spent Thursday evening at a veterinary hospital in Centennial following an armed robbery.

Police say the man was armed with a black handgun, and he took money. He did not take any drugs or anything else.

The robbery took place at the Coal Creek Vet Hospital at 18525 Smoky Hill Rd. sometime at about 7:45 p.m., just before closing at 8:00.

Investigators at the vet clinic say there are some similarities to the so-called “32 Bandit.”

Police radio communications said the suspect was described as a white male, about 5’8″ tall, wearing a white or grey hoodie with a black covering over his face.

Investigators say they’re looking for a vehicle that was seen leaving the area, but they did not provide a description.

The “32 Bandit”

At this early stage of their investigation, police have not connected Thursday night’s robbery to a string of similar robberies recently committed by a gunman who police call the “32 Bandit.”

The suspect has robbed a number of fast food restaurants and other businesses in recent weeks in metro Denver. He has worn a sweatshirt or hoodie with the number 32 on it during previous crimes.

He has been known to point his gun right in the face of employees while demanding money. He has ordered people in the businesses to get on the ground.

The most recent robberies connected to this suspect happened Wednesday in east metro Denver at a Subway store and a Quiznos store.

Police in Aurora and Denver have been working together to try to catch the robber because they’re concerned the bold nature of his crimes could get someone hurt.

Investigators say he has committed at least 22 robberies since January 23.

Aurora Police have increased the award for ’32 Bandit’s’ capture and conviction to $5,000 in addition to the Crimestopper award of $2,000.

See the full list: ’32 Bandit’ robberies – Jan. 23 – Mar. 7, 2012

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