Cops: ‘Drunk’ robber might have hit twice
A suspect smelling of booze may have pulled off two armed robberies at local businesses in the span of nine days, the Grand Junction Police Department said Thursday.
Aside from similar descriptions on the suspect’s age, height and weight, the victims in Saturday’s armed robbery at Consign Design, 234 Main St., and those who were inside Twice Upon A Time used bookstore, 2885 North Ave., during an armed robbery on Oct. 25, also said the man smelled of alcohol, police spokeswoman Kate Porras said.
“The description of the gun that was used is similar, as well as the manner in which the suspect spoke to the employees and what he said,” Porras added, declining to elaborate on what was said or how it was said.
A witness from the Oct. 25 heist told The Daily Sentinel the suspect reeked of alcohol and mumbled incoherently as the suspect was walking out of the store. Police radios described him as “very intoxicated.”
Crime Stoppers of Mesa County described the suspect as white, mid-40s to mid 50s, 6-foot to 6-foot-3, and weighing between 180 and 220 pounds. He was described as having short brown hair, a roundish face and was clean shaven with rosy cheeks, according to Crime Stoppers.
He was wearing a green, hooded Carhartt sweatshirt during the Oct. 25 robbery.
Police believe the suspect may be tied to a red pickup truck, which was captured in a surveillance photo of the parking lot at Walmart, 2881 North Ave., on Oct. 25. The bookstore that was targeted on Oct. 25 is adjacent to the Walmart.
A man matching the suspect description is seen getting into the truck just before the Oct. 25 robbery, Porras said.
Anyone with information about the truck is asked to call Crime Stoppers, 241-STOP, or visit http://www.241stop.com to send a tip.