Gunman robs GJ bookstore
Heavyset man seemed 'very intoxicated,' victim reports
A man who was described over police radios as heavyset and possibly “very intoxicated” eluded capture Thursday morning after robbing a North Avenue bookstore at gunpoint.
The suspect—described in a police news release as white, 35 to 45 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall and with a day’s growth of facial hair and dark, brown greasy hair—demanded cash while pointing a handgun at an employee of Twice Upon a Time used books, 2885 North Ave., unit B, around 11:30 a.m. He was wearing a blue T-shirt and jeans.
The suspect was last seen running south across the Walmart parking lot, and briefly encountered the store owner, Frank Cooley, while leaving. Cooley was walking in the front door while the suspect was walking out. Cooley asked if he could help.
“He mumbled something,” Cooley said, adding the man smelled heavily of alcohol.
Cooley said he didn’t recognize the man as a customer, or among the regular panhandlers commonly seen on the Walmart property.
The police news release said officers searched but couldn’t find the suspect inside the Walmart. Police didn’t disclose the amount of cash stolen.
Anyone with information is asked to call 242-6707, or Mesa County Crime Stoppers, 241-STOP.
“Who would rob a bookstore, for God’s sake?” Cooley asked.