Armed robber on the loose
Employees at a check cashing business were reportedly held on the ground at gunpoint as a suspect took cash from a vault during a robbery, Grand Junction police said Monday.
The suspect, a white male in his 20s who wore dark sunglasses, jeans and a gray hoodie with a silver design on it, walked inside Check Into Cash, 2546 Rimrock Ave., around 4 p.m., and was said to have run away to the west or north of the business with cash in hand, police Sgt. Derek Rosales said. No injuries were reported.
Police radio traffic indicated the suspect had no bag or other means of holding the cash and dropped some of it as he was running away. Initial radio reports said he left with “a lot” of cash, but the amount wasn’t confirmed.
Witnesses offered conflicting information about the direction he fled, Rosales said.
A handgun believed to be linked to the case was found behind nearby Einstein Bros. Bagels, Rosales said.
The suspect was further described to have no facial hair, about 6 foot and weighed about 140 to 150 pounds. He reportedly wore gloves and was wearing blue and white tennis shoes.
Police radio traffic said employees reported they recognized the suspect, who had tried to cash a check earlier in the day.
A police K-9 dog took interest in the gated grounds around Rimrock RV Parts and Accessories, 2541 U.S. Highway 6&50, which was searched by officers before efforts to track the suspect were abandoned.