Denver-area burglary reveals pot grow operation |

Denver-area burglary reveals pot grow operation

Tom McGhee and Daniel Petty
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado

The fourth and final suspect involved in the morning invasion of a Commerce City home has been arrested and police are now searching the home, because they suspect it houses a large marijuana growing operation.

No injuries were reported during the incident, which began shortly before 9 a.m. But police locked down nearby Belle Creek Charter School until about 1 p.m. as a precaution while they combed the area looking for one of the suspects. Nearby John W. Thimmig and Henderson Elementary schools, as well as Prairie View Middle and Prairie View High School were also briefly locked down.

East 104th Avenue from Brighton Boulevard to McKay Street reopened late this afternoon after remaining closed for several hours after the incident.

Police initially responded to a report of a man leaving a suspicious vehicle to enter a home at the 10700 block of Akron Street in Henderson, about 10 blocks from the elementary school, according to a statement released by the Commerce City Police Department.

Officers tried contacting someone at the residence and stumbled upon an in-progress home invasion, prompting an adult female and two young children inside to flee on foot.

Police quickly arrested three suspects, but have not identified them. The fourth suspect, also unidentified, was apprehended around 12:45 p.m. by the Adams County SWAT team. Police said he had broken into a home in the 8000 block of East 104th Way to hide.

Kevin Antcliff, 33, who lives near the house where the initial burglary occurred, said he received an e-mail from the Belle Creek community center at about 10 a.m. saying the center and school were locked down.

When he learned the details, the father of two preschoolers was worried. “My first thought was that my child is going to kindergarten here in a few months,” he said.

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