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4 arrested in connection with ATM robberies

8:46 AM, Aug 31, 2011   |    comments
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Denver Police say Robert Smith, 33, Vicente Aguilar, 28, David Albie Barela, 24, and Davey Robert Barela, 24, have all been taken into custody for investigation of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

Officers say Smith was already in custody on unrelated charges, and the other three suspects were arrested at their residence without incident.

Smith, Aguilar and David Albie Barela are each being held for investigation of 10 felony counts.

Davey Robert Barela is also being held on investigation of three felony counts.

Police believe the four suspects committed four ATM burglaries in Denver and possibly several more in the metro area.

On Aug. 15, the men are suspected of stealing the ATM from the Shell gas station at Broadway and Mexico Avenue at 3:40 a.m.

Surveillance video shows two people wearing white hoods, and what appears to be a third person wearing all black clothes grabbing the ATM and loading it into the back of their truck before driving away.

No one was working inside the convenience store at the time of the burglary.

"These individuals have long criminal histories," Denver Police Department spokesperson Sonny Jackson told 9NEWS. "What possessed them to do this? We're not sure. The amount of money they got versus the damage they caused... the damage they caused was greater than the amount of money they got out of the machines."

The black GMC pick-up officers suspected was used in that robbery was found on the afternoon of Aug. 15. in the 3300 block of South Zuni Street in Sheridan. Investigators found it abandoned with an ATM in the bed, and all the money had been removed.

DPD says two of the other alleged robberies in Denver occurred in the 500 block of North Sheridan Boulevard on June 13 and June 30.

Officers say the robbers stole money from an ATM in the 3000 block of South Sheridan Boulevard on Aug. 11 as well.

"There's probably not much money in [the ATM}. You've caused all this damage, and you're going to have to figure out how to get into this dang thing once you get it," Jackson said. "It's not a simple crime. You're causing a lot of heartache and a lot of pain to a business that's just trying to make it."

Jefferson County deputies are investigating a possible link between the four suspects and a heist that occurred on July 31 at a Shell gas station near Belleview Avenue and Kipling Street.

Lakewood Police say they are investigating one of the suspects in connection with an attempted robbery of an ATM.

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