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Robert James busted for robbing Indispensary, Colorado Springs medical marijuana center

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Update below: It didn't take long for the Colorado Springs Police Department to draw a bead on the man captured by security cameras robbing a branch of the Indispensary medical marijuana center.

Robert Cody James, nineteen, is currently in custody, due in part to his decision to stick around the area near where the crime took place.

As we reported, a man allegedly entered the MMC, struck the clerk there with an object of some kind, locked him in a bathroom, and then left with several jars of marijuana and an unknown amount of cash from the register. But before he left, a camera captured images of him that were soon circulated to the cops and the media alike.

According to CSPD spokeswoman Barbara Miller, officers knocked on doors throughout the area, showing the suspect's photo to those on hand. One such individual recognized the person in the pic as a guest at a nearby motel. And by this morning, James was in cuffs.

Update, 6 a.m. November 21: The Colorado Springs Police Department originally identified the person arrested in this case as James Cody. Now, he's being ID'd as Robert Cody James; the text above has been changed to reflect this correction. Moreover, the department sent out a mug shot of a different individual. Below is what the CSPD now says is James. He allegedly shaved his hair and face prior to his arrest. That's followed by our previous coverage.

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Robert Cody James.

Original item, 10 a.m. November 16: Medical marijuana advocates continue to debate the pros and cons of cameras in dispensaries. But there's no question they come in handy after a crime. Take a Monday heist at the Indispensary branch on West Colorado Avenue in the Springs, where a security cam captured a vivid image of a suspect in all his slack-jawed glory.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, the man in question was seen hanging out in the area prior to the stick-up, leading cops to conclude he'd been casing the joint, as it were. He then entered the shop and smacked a clerk with an "unknown object" in an assault violent enough to precipitate a subsequent hospital visit.

At that point, the man forced the victim into a bathroom, locked him inside, swiped several jars of pot and an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, and split on foot.

Thanks to that camera, the CSPD has a fine description of the man: a white male in his mid-twenties, around five-feet-ten-inches in height, with thin brown hair, a wisp of a beard/goatee, a green baseball cap, a bluish-gray, rugby-style shirt, green gloves, faded blue jeans, tan work boots, a blue backpack and a green paisley bandanna that he didn't wear over his face, presumably so he'd be ready for his closeup.

Those with information about this incident are encouraged to phone 719-444-7000 or 719-634-STOP (7867), or text CSPD at 847411 (TIP411). Look below to get a better look at the suspect in question.

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The suspect.
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More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana dispensary security cameras key to busting Pagosa Springs burglary ring."


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Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

And who said Marijuana Dispensaries don't cause crime ?

Valstar
Valstar

I had said to myself when i first saw the photo in the depensary and the mug shot that it did not look like the same person. Was this a Springs PD whoops or Westword whoops?

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

High Country Caregiver recommends growing rather than stealing your cannabis.Step 1:  go Doc Pot complain of pain, get recommendation (don't send paperwork to CDPHE)Step 2:  order seeds from Attitude Seed Bank (takes about 6 days to receive from UK)Step 3:  Apply for credit cards and buy grow equipment (about $20k would be great!)Step 4:  harvest your own awesome cannabis!! (Visit http://420.co for Colorado 420 Fun)

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Hmm, wrong name, wrong picture.....testing the evidence perhaps?

Monkey
Monkey

I thought there were staging areas in place to protect employees like the receptionist. Cameras helped catch the bad guy after the fact but isn't there supposed to be more in place to protect these people, I thought it was part of the new silly laws? Some dispensaries I have been in have security in place to prevent this from happening, I thought it was law now but maybe I'm wrong.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Make this guy my official nomination for Schmuck of the Week.

Matt in Boulder
Matt in Boulder

When they do catch him, he needs to be sterilized.  That kind of stupid should not be allowed to further pollute the gene pool.

Valstar
Valstar

Nm sorry reread the update. Springs PD sent wrong photo out. My bad.

Citizen80919
Citizen80919

Step 1: Grow without red card in possessionStep 2: Spend 20k in legal expenses to keep from going to prison.

Ean
Ean

Monkey,

We have 100% say as to how much (or how little) security we provide.  The Colorado Medical Marijuana Code specifies which make and model of cameras and DVRs we can use.  It also specifies what types of emergency systems we can have in place (1 touch duress alarms, panic buttons, security systems, etc). The CMMC makes no mention of staging areas, bullet resistant reception windows, door buzzers or anything else relating to the safety of the individuals on the licensed premise.

Oh, History...
Oh, History...

While I agree that this guy sucks, your suggestion that someone not be allowed to "pollute the gene pool" has been used in the past.  Try Googling "Eugenics" and "Hitler."

Jay
Jay

'catch the purp' - Is that some sort of STD going around?

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Every business has it's ups and downs, the specific contingencies you describe are easily planned for and built into the economics of the cannabis business. There are those of us who are willing to pay the price to grow ganja, which is why you pay the price to smoke it.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Hitler did not invent eugenics.  As we learn more about our genetic makeup, we are acquiring the knowledge which would enable us to discern objectively between desirable and undesirable genes (we already can detect any number of fatal inherited diseases. e.g.), and a program which attempts to promote the former and suppress the latter has nothing to do with what the Nazis did, which both outraged human rights, and was unscientific as well.  Forced sterilization is an extreme sanction, not now used by our criminal justice system -- we do continue to kill people outright however.  Your (and many other's) dismissal of eugenics as an ethical wrong is mistaken, and the association of it with Hitler is as anachronistic as trying to blame Nietzsche for Nazi philosophy.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Resistance is Futile ... You will be Assimilated ...

Citizen80919
Citizen80919

Yeah, good luck with that during your next LEO encounter.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Nothing in Amendment 20 requires the registration of the Physician's Referral.

The Physician Referral, by itself, affords all the protections of Amendment 20, nothing more, nothing less.

Registration -- "red card" -- is entirely optional.

Citizen80919
Citizen80919

I'm pretty sure that you are not a lawyer.  Advising patients to go without a red card is a bad idea.  A red card provides an EXCEPTION to the Colorado marijuana laws.  A doctor's rec can only provide an affirmative defense inside a courtroom.  HUGE difference.Understand the law before you proclaim your "expertise" please.

I have yet to see you cite a single example of "exposure" from having a red card.  Maybe because there isn't one?

The constitution cites mandatory confidentiality of the registry.  I have not seen an example of where CDPHE has breached this.

Here is what the constitution says regarding privacy[exposure]:

(a) No person shall be permitted to gain access to any information about patients in the state health agency's confidential registry, or any information otherwise maintained by the state health agency about physicians and primary care-givers, except for authorized employees of the state health agency in the course of their official duties and authorized employees of state or local law enforcement agencies which have stopped or arrested a person who claims to be engaged in the medical use of marijuana and in possession of a registry identification card or its functional equivalent, pursuant to paragraph (e) of this subsection (3). Authorized employees of state or local law enforcement agencies shall be granted access to the information contained within the state health agency's confidential registry only for the purpose of verifying that an individual who has presented a registry identification card to a state or local law enforcement official is lawfully in possession of such card.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Refer to step 1: go to Doc Pot and get a recommendation, then you're legal.  Don't get confused and send paperwork to CDPHE, there is nothing in Amendment 20 that requires that level of exposure.

Citizen80919
Citizen80919

I was confused I guess.  I thought your 4 step process was telling patients how to grow their own.  You sell it, and I pay the price? 

I was stating the obvious in that if patients grow their own based on your 4 step system, then they have significant legal exposure.  Possession is a petty offense that carries a $100 fine. Cultivation is not. 

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