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A local man who robbed an Aspen marijuana dispensary with a hammer four-and-a-half years ago allegedly committed nearly the same crime Sunday night in Basalt, according to police reports.
The only difference this time was that Hayden May, 26, allegedly used a pocketknife Sunday instead of a hammer to rob employees, and stole more than $3,200 in cash instead of jars of weed, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed Monday in Pitkin County District Court.
May was arrested on a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus in Aspen almost immediately after the robbery of Roots Rx in Basalt because — like his Aspen armed robbery in July 2015 — dispensary employees recognized him. Reports also indicate that May might be same person who broke into the same shop Feb. 18 but fled before taking anything, according to a Basalt police officer.
Sunday’s incident occurred about 6 p.m. at the Roots Rx dispensary on Southside Drive in Basalt when May allegedly entered wearing a black sweatshirt, jogging pants and a ski mask, according to the affidavit filed by Basalt police.
“… (The) male entered the store wearing a mask, stating something (to) the effect of ‘Give me the money,’” the affidavit states. “The male pointed the knife at the employees while entering.”
He told a female employee to open the cash registers while warning a male employee to back off or he’d “kick his f—ing ass,” according to the court document.
“(The female employee) informed me that while she opened the registers for the male … she said ‘Hayden’ to the male,” the affidavit states. “(She) further stated that she recognized the male as Hayden from his voice and his eyes … (and) that she knew Hayden because he was a frequent customer.