Frisco convenience store robbed at gunpoint
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
FRISCO, Colo. ” A man wearing a ski mask robbed the Frisco Loaf N’ Jug at gunpoint late Tuesday night, but a sheriff’s office dog tracked the suspect to a nearby residence where he was apprehended and arrested.
Frisco police arrested Robin Christopher Douglas, 26, of Frisco, on charges of aggravated robbery and theft under $500.
Douglas allegedly entered the gas station about 10:30 p.m. and demanded money from the cash register after showing the clerk a handgun that had been concealed in his front pocket.
“He came in making a lot of noise,” said witness Stevi Seitz. “He was wearing a ski mask when he walked in, but I didn’t think anything of it because it was snowing outside.”
Seitz was reading a book in the corner of the convenience store when the man made his demands for cash. She initially dismissed the man as a potentially drunk and unruly patron but grew alarmed when the clerk returned to the corner to announce the store just had been robbed.
“The clerk looked pretty shook up,” Seitz said. “He pressed the panic call button, and the police arrives about five minutes later.”
The suspect fled the gas station on foot, making his way down an alley behind the store. Shortly afterward, officers from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Frisco Police Department responded to search the area with the help of sheriff’s office canine, Bobby.
The dog tracked to scent to a home on Creekside Drive, where police contacted the owner who allowed them to search the property.
Police found Douglas in the garage adjacent to the home, where clothing, the ski mask and the stolen cash was discovered. The money had been hidden inside a refrigerator.
It is still unclear whether the homeowner knew that Douglas was hiding in the garage and whether there was a prior relationship between the two people.
“Armed robberies don’t happen here very often,” said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Paulette Horr. “It is said that crime goes up during an economic recession, and it is sure looking that way up here.”
In September 2005 a man wearing a heavy ski jacket and sunglasses held up the Alpine Bank at Copper Mountain, demanding that the teller give him the cash while claiming that he had a gun.
The suspect in that case was never apprehended, and the investigation is still open, according to Horr.
Douglas is being held at the Summit County jail on a bond of $15,000. Aggravated robbery is considered a Class 3 felony that requires enhanced sentencing because it is categorized as a violent crime.
If convicted, Douglas could face imprisonment for five to 20 years and possible fines of up to $100,000.
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