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Robbers mace customers, employees at Verizon store

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By Ramsey Scott

Twenty-one people were sprayed with mace on Dec. 29 by two men who robbed the Verizon store at Southwest Plaza.

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The perpetrators broke the locking mechanism on two iPhone display models about 4 p.m., setting off an alarm, Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said.

As the pair tried to leave the store, Kelley said, one of the suspects pulled out a can of mace and discharged it twice.

“It sounded like he made a concerted effort to deploy that agent so that it would affect everyone in the business,” Kelley said.

All 21 people in the store, both employees and customers, were treated by West Metro Fire Rescue at the scene. No one was transported to a hospital, Kelley said.

The Sheriff’s Office described the suspects as two Latino males in their early 20s. One suspect was 5-foot-9 inches tall, thin build with spiked black hair and was wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans.

The second suspect was 5-foot-11 inches, 150 pounds, wearing a black beanie-style hat, black jacket, red t-shirt and blue jeans.  

The two suspects left the scene in a black, four-door Honda sedan.

The two robbers didn’t attempt to steal anything from the store's cash registers or from the customers, Kelley said.

The store, which is detached from the mall but is at the same address, remained closed for the rest of the evening while the chemical agent was ventilated.

Kelley said the Sheriff’s Office had received several tips about the suspects but nothing had developed from them.

The Sheriff's Office asked anyone with information about the robbery to contact its tip line at 303-271-5612.

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.comor 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine.