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Suspect arrested in robbery at Jeffco smoke shop

The robbery Monday morning prompted a short shelter-in-place in the area of West Coal Mine Avenue and South Pierce Street.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) said it has arrested a suspect in a robbery Monday morning.

The robbery happened just before 11 a.m. at Smoker Friendly at 6762 W. Coal Mine Ave. Witnesses told law enforcement the suspect tried to buy cigarettes but was denied, so he threatened the clerk, threw things around the store, pushed the clerk, grabbed items and ran out the door. 

The incident was originally reported as an armed robbery. Schools in the area of West Coal Mine Avenue and South Pierce Street were immediately put on lockout as a precaution. 

Just before noon, when deputies confirmed the suspect was no longer in the area, the lockout was lifted. Investigators also determined no weapons were involved in the robbery. 

Deputies identified the suspect as Stephen Spomer, 32. He was arrested Monday afternoon at his home in Denver.

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