We have our guesses as to why someone might want to rob hydroponic stores. Pictured: A hydroponic plant growing system on display in the weGrow marijuana cultivation supply store during its grand opening March 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Suspect in armed robberies of Colorado hydroponics stores is charged with attempted murder

A man suspected of robbing several hydroponic grow stores over the past five months has been charged with 35 criminal counts, including four counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Howard Dean Pedersen, 31, also was charged Wednesday with eight counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of attempted aggravated robbery, nine counts of menacing, one count of theft and 10 counts of crime of violence, according to the Adams County district attorney’s office.

Pedersen was taken into custody Feb. 28 after he was wounded by police during an alleged armed robbery attempt of the Grow Depot store in Northglenn.

The defendant also allegedly robbed several north metro-area businesses since October including:

Grow Depot, Northglenn.
Way to Grow hydroponic supply store, Adams County.
Grow hydroponic supply store, Boulder County.
Won’s Liquor store, Adams County.
Grofax 5 Hydroponic Supply Center, Federal Heights.
Pedersen, who is being held on $500,000 bail, is suspected of robbing some of the businesses multiple times.

His next court date, a preliminary hearing, is scheduled for April 6 in Adams County District Court.