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Feb 3, 2010 5:43 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Robberies high, but so are arrests

The Little Market on Willamette Avenue in Colorado Springs hasn't had a robbery since, well, they can't remember.

"It's not something people come and tend to do here, so it was kind of surprising to even have it happen," says Kimberly Garcia, store manager.

But it did, on a Tuesday night two weeks ago, around 7:30.

"He was out the door as quickly as he walked in.  If you had been in the soda isle, you'd never known he was here," says Garcia. "He was actually, in the grand scheme of things, pretty polite. He did have a gun, but he didn't threaten anybody."

Garcia says her brother, who was manning the cash register, did what he was supposed to do.

"He maintained his composure and he just did exactly what the guy told him to do and it was over quickly and nobody got hurt," says Garcia.

Colorado Springs Police have arrested Lorenzo Herrera for the crime.  Police have made several arrests for recent robberies.

Colorado Springs has had 134 robberies in the past two months.  For the same two months last year, that number was 99. 

Those numbers may seem high, but when you look at the total number of robberies per year, the numbers become more even.

2009: 530 robberies

2008: 526 robberies

2007: 536 robberies

2006: 608 robberies

Robbery detectives have cleared 42 of the recent robberies and, again, made several arrests.  That may not seem like much, but it beats the national average.

Garcia says after the robbery, it was business as usual.  She says no amount of money is worth a life.

"Anybody that has to deal with that, stay calm.  Keep your composure because they won't.  They don't.  They're there for a reason.  They're nervous," says Garcia.

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