What Could Happen to Colorado’s “Merry Christmas” Bank Robber?

A bank robbery over the holiday in Colorado Springs took an unexpected twist when the suspect, an older man with a white beard, allegedly put a Christmas spin on the offense.

The defendant allegedly entered the bank and robbed it using a weapon to threaten tellers. He then proceeded to leave the bank, throw the money on the sidewalk, and yell “Merry Christmas!”

Yes, you read that right.

Robbery’s Still a Crime in CO, Even When…Your Heart’s in the Right[...]

Study: Legal Weed Lets Colorado Police Focus on Property Crime Arrests

See if this sounds familiar: “If cops don’t have to worry about arresting people for marijuana, they can pay attention to crimes that actually matter.”

Most of us have heard numerous variations of this argument over the years, but until 2012, it was just theoretical. Then Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana, and researchers and statisticians started chomping at the bit.

Well, a few weeks ago a study was published in Police Quarterly that seems to possibly validate those types [...]

Denver Property Crime Decrease Doesn’t Mean You’ll Get Off Easy

Property crimes are taken very seriously in Colorado, as they often have devastating consequences for the victim(s) and/or property owner.

Fortunately, Denver has recently enjoyed a decrease in property crimes. As of this writing, the city has averaged 1917 property crimes per month in 2018, a substantial decrease from last year’s average of 2131 property crimes per month.

Local law enforcement often pays special attention to crimes that are widespread or on the rise, which might lead you to believe [...]

8 Common Defenses against Colorado Property Crime Charges

Property crimes involve the theft, destruction or unlawful entrance into the property of another. In Colorado, there are many criminal offenses that fall under this category. Some of the most commonly charged property crimes include arson, burglary, and robbery.

If you are currently facing a property crime charge, it is important to consult with an experienced Colorado defense attorney as soon as possible to make sure that your rights are protected, and to start building the best possible defense.

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Dissolution of Impact Unit Could Lead to More Property Crimes

The Colorado Springs Police Department used to have an Impact Unit that worked to handle property crimes. They were very effective, too. Between January and mid-September of this year, the Impact Unit recovered $1 million worth of stolen vehicles, $52,000 worth of stolen property, and made 1,900 arrests related to property crimes.

There was a problem, however. Dedicating officers to the Impact Unit meant that there weren’t enough police patrolling the streets. Many officers were being put at risk, and [...]