Two armed holdups in Grand Junction

Grand Junction police are looking into the possibility that two robberies Saturday in Grand Junction are related.

About 9:30 a.m., a man armed with a black semi-automatic pistol entered Advance America, 2502 U.S. Highway 6&50, brandished the pistol and forced the two employees to hand over an undetermined amount of cash, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. He last was seen fleeing north from Advance America,  a cash-advance business.

The suspect was described as Hispanic, in his late teens or early twenties, 5 feet 7 inches or 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slender build and acne scars around his mouth. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and purple-tinted sunglasses. He is considered armed and dangerous.

About 5:50 p.m., police responded to a robbery at Teller Arms Liquors, 2353 Belford Ave.

A man walked a few feet into the store, grabbed the manager, displayed a firearm and demanded cash, the Police Department said. Employees gave the man an undisclosed amount of money along with some other items, and the suspect fled the store, heading east, the Police Department said.

The suspect was described as a tall Hispanic man with black hair. He was wearing a dark long-sleeve shirt, khaki pants and dark sunglasses. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Police say the suspects in both cases may have fled to a car. In the second robbery, police said, a witness claimed the suspect got into a silver, four-door sedan and left the area.

The Police Department said it is looking into all possible leads, including possible connection to the morning robbery of Advance America.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to call the Police Department at 242-6707 or Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, or send the information via the website, http://www.241stop.com, or text a tip to CRIMES (274637) with the word TIP729 in the message. The identity of the tipster will remain anonymous.



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