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Police: Basalt liquor held at knife point, suspect flees with cash

Rick Carroll
The Aspen Times

Basalt police are seeking leads in a reported knifepoint robbery at Jimbo’s Wine and Liquors in Basalt on Friday night.

The suspect, described by a store employee as a white male, approximately 5-foot-8 with a medium build, entered the business at about 9:50 p.m., 10 minutes before the shop was to close.

“He had a weapon with him, and he was dressed heavily in winter gear,” store manager Eddy Campbell said Saturday.

“The suspect wore a socking cap and black ski mask that covered his face,” Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott wrote in a statement to the media. “At this time, we do not know the identity of the suspect.”

Authorities hope to have a surveillance photo of the suspect released today, Sgt. Aaron Munch said Sunday.

“We really need to get the public’s help,” Munch said.

The man fled with about $1,400 in cash, which he took from the store register, Campbell said.

“He came in and threatened my co-worker,” he said. “Our protocol is don’t be a hero and let them have the money.”

Campbell was not working at the time of the incident, but the sole store employee who was there called Campbell after the heist. Campbell said he and some other friends and co-workers then went to the store.

“I was expecting a call from him because we had invited him to come over after his shift,” Campbell said. “But we weren’t expecting this.”

He added, “We were all very shaken up. This being Basalt, we’re sad and surprised this happened here.”

The store’s surveillance video caught the act. Campbell said he didn’t get a good description of the knife, but “it’s not something you want to mess with.”

The employee was not hurt, Campbell and the Basalt Police Department said.

Knott said surveillance video from other nearby businesses in downtown Basalt, where Jimbo’s is located, is also being inspected.

“We are reviewing video-surveillance footage from Jimbo’s Wine and Liquor,” Knott said. “We are also viewing video-surveillance footage from other Basalt businesses that might have captured images of the suspect without his hat and mask.”

The suspect had been hanging out in the parking lot for a while before the robbery, Campbell said.

“From my understanding, the perpetrator was outside pacing around waiting for an opportune time to come in,” he said.

There were no customers in the store at the time of the incident, he said.

It was unknown if the suspect fled by foot or vehicle, Knott said, noting that deputies from the Pitkin County and Eagle County sheriff’s offices aided in the search.

Anyone with additional information can call the Basalt Police Department at 970-927-4316.