Gunmen rob grocery store in Snowmass |

Gunmen rob grocery store in Snowmass

Janet Urquhart and Sarah S. Chung

Three masked gunmen apparently robbed The Village Market in Snowmass Village Thursday night – the third such holdup in the Aspen area this month.

Early reports indicated three men, all wearing white masks, held up the grocery store at gunpoint shortly after 9:30 p.m. One of the men was described as a 5-foot-10-inch white male, wearing a green sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off, and the mask.

Details on the stickup were sketchy at Aspen Times press time last night. Police and sheriff’s deputies were working to contain the area around the store and had blocked off both entrances to the area. Two officers entered the store at 10:15 p.m., yelling out “Snowmass Police.”

Fire and ambulance personnel were also on the scene. A clerk at the store reportedly received minor injuries when he was struck on the head, according to police.

Authorities at the barricades near the store would not discuss developments with an Aspen Times reporter.

Efforts to track down suspects leaving the resort were hampered by a steady stream of traffic flowing from the Snowmass Mall following last night’s free Thursday night concert on Fanny Hill.

The robbery was the third such heist in the upper Roaring Fork Valley in two weeks.

Three armed robbers, all wearing masks, hit Clark’s Market in Aspen on Aug. 5 and escaped with what Aspen police termed a sizable sum of cash. The following night, two masked gunmen took a more modest amount of cash from the Aspen Alps, a condominium association.

Both heists remain under investigation and no arrests had been made as of yesterday.

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