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‘I’ve lost faith in police:’ Clothing bank CEO says DPD failed to arrest 3-time burglary suspect – Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado 2021-06-24 00:47:33 –

Denver — The CEO of Denver’s clothing bank says police were unable to arrest three suspected robbers. He pointed the suspect to a police officer and after showing a security video.

“The damage he did cost literally thousands of dollars,” said Travis Singhaus, founder of Impact Locally, a non-profit organization that runs Impact Humanity clothing stores on 2526 Welton Street.

According to Shinhaus, Humanity is one of nine programs run by nonprofits to “basically restore dignity and give hope to those who live on the streets.”

He said the driving force behind nonprofits was his own homeless 12 years ago.

“I actually saw what people experienced, and the reality they face every day changed me forever,” he said.

Shinhaus said he met with friends in May 2010 and started making and distributing bento boxes.

“A few months later, I began to understand not only the importance of food, but how desperate people were for clothing. We began to hand out winter coats and gloves.” He said.

He said people still had to get things out of parking lots and parks, but it wasn’t dignified.

“I don’t know what it looks like unless I have to shop from a trash bag or trash can, so I wanted to open a store where people could enter and shop for free. They were from the shelves. I was able to unload my clothes. Trying them on in the fitting room makes me feel like a normal person is coming to a normal store. “

Shinhaus said the store wasn’t worth anything.

There is no security, no money, no computer. Only clothes and lunch boxes that are distributed free of charge.

So he was surprised when someone broke into the store through the kitchen window on April 24th. The criminal was caught in the store’s security system.

Travis Shin House, Impact Local CEO

Two weeks later, the same person seems to have invaded again. This time I broke through the bathroom window. The robbery was also captured in a security video.

On June 21, the suspect broke the window in the back room, resulting in a third intrusion.

Broken window

Travis Shin House, Impact Local CEO

Shinhaus said he was the same person again.

All three windows are covered with plywood.

“We had to keep them on board because we couldn’t afford to keep replacing these windows,” he said. “We are a non-profit organization.”

According to Shinhaus, the thief was in the store for three hours from Monday night to Tuesday, looting space, knocking down clothing shelves, and tearing guide lights and wiring.

Damage in the store

Travis Shin House, Impact Local CEO

He said the criminal was clearly armed this time and left behind the butcher’s knife. The butcher knife was handed over to the Denver police.

Butcher knife

Travis Shin House, Impact Local CEO

The CEO said he attended the meeting later on Tuesday and decided to stop by the Safeway stores on 20th Avenue and Washington Street.

“And there, the man sits under a tree with four other men,” he said. “I called 911 and gave him the case number, and an hour and a half later a policeman appeared.”

“He actually swung around trying to hit one of the policemen,” Shinhaus said when the policeman tried to wake him up. He said they took his fingerprint and put him on a cruiser.

“I didn’t want him to know who I was and what kind of business I was involved in, but an executive called me and asked if this was a man,” Shinhaus said. It was.

Shinhaus said yes.

He said he saw a policeman pull the man out of the car, unlock it and let him go while driving the car.

The CEO was told to go back and talk to the policeman and the man was ordered to come in and talk to the detective.

“I’m 90% homeless,” he said. “If you’re lucky, you’re unlikely to find a homeless person.”

Shin House wasn’t happy.

“Unless this guy is the stupidest guy on the planet, when you know you have fingerprints, you have video footage, and they are connected to three robbers No one comes in, “he said. ..

Shinhaus added that it was incredibly frustrating to see executives do so.

“That made me think, are we safe?” He said. “If someone armed breaks into my business and gets fingerprints and video footage, I’ll let them go, and if you have that guy’s personal identity, I’ll give him this guy when he comes back. How can I stop it? “

He said it would essentially force nonprofits to consider hiring security guards.

“We are also dealing with the anxiety that this afflicts me and my staff,” he said. “I told him, after today, my faith in the Denver Police is over.”

“If you think it might be a man, that’s one thing. He’s perfect for explanation, but there’s no one to identify him on the scene, or no evidence, fingerprints, or video footage. Someone said,” Oh, I’m just saying. I saw a man who looked like that. “That’s one thing, and I’ll fully understand it,” he said. “But when this is a man and there is a pile of evidence that someone is there personally, he says,” Yes, it’s a man. ” That’s another thing. “

He said it causes a ghost of vigilant justice.

“Basically what you’re telling the community is that we don’t protect you. Your job is to protect and serve,” he said. “So, are people like me or someone in these neighborhoods supposed to just make it happen, or bring the problem into our own hands? That’s not good. It’s scary. “

Shinhaus said that when people stop feeling safe, they begin to live in an elevated state of threatened beings.

“I guess what they will do,” he said. “They do it [take matters into their own hands], Or they will be the edge wherever they go. That is, they will be more confrontational throughout the day. That means that their quality of life is significantly reduced. “

Denver7 asked DPD about Singhaus’s allegations, and a spokesman issued this email in reply.

“Investigation of these cases is still underway. Investigators are continuing to gather information to identify the suspect. There are no arrests at this time. If you have information about this case, 720- We recommend calling the crime stopper at 913-STOP. “”



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