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Armed robber hits Highway 133 store in Carbondale

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By John Colson

Sopris Sun Staff Writer

Carbondale saw its second armed robbery in four months on Tuesday evening, when a man carrying a pistol walked into a store at 587 Highway 133 and robbed the owner at gunpoint of an undisclosed amount of money, according to the Carbondale Police Department.

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No one was injured in the incident, police reported. Officers were called to the location at 6 p.m., according to a statement issued by police at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The robbery took place shortly before officers were called to the scene, according to police. The heist was allegedly perpetrated by a “Hispanic male of unknown age,” who stood between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-6 with “a thin build and black hair,” according to a description from the business owner, contained in a statement issued by the police.

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Other witnesses told police that the suspect fled on foot after the robbery, taking the nearby Rio Grande Trail bike and pedestrian path, according to the statement. The direction of the robber’s flight was not mentioned.

The robber was wearing a grey “hoodie” and a ski mask, police reported, adding that the ski mask was later recovered and will be sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis.

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Police are asking that anyone with information about the incident contact the department 963-2662.

Armed robbery has been a relatively rare occurrence in Carbondale’s modern history, although one happened late last year, when two men robbed a pot shop at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

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Those two alleged robbers, along with two alleged accomplices, were caught by police later that day following a manhunt that involved several law enforcement agencies.

The four alleged partners in crime, one of whom is a juvenile, face multiple felony charges in Ninth Judicial District court.

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The three adults, Arturo-Nuño Cervantes, 20, and Erick Jose Colon, 25, both of Glenwood Springs; and Bryan Flores-Calix, 19, of Silt, remain housed in the Garfield County Jail.

The juvenile reportedly was released into the custody of his parents after being arrested.

Prior to the pot shop robbery, Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling could recall only two other armed robberies in town — one at the Wells Fargo bank in 2012, and one at the Roaring Fork Bank “in the early ‘80s or late ‘70s, probably in the late ‘70s,” Schilling said.

On Wednesday police reported that they were in the middle of “an active investigation” on Tuesday night’s robbery and that no further information would be immediately available.

Published in The Sopris Sun on March 31, 2016.

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