Police recover guns used in robberies
Aspen police investigators are believed to have located an undisclosed number of guns that allegedly were used in two recent armed robberies in the area.
Although police are officially refusing to comment on the matter, a highly placed source in the department confirmed on Friday that “we found the guns.” The source declined to comment any further, referring a reporter to the investigator in charge of the case, Glenn Schaffer.
Schaffer, after a closed-door meeting with Deputy District Attorney Lawson Wills late Friday, also declined to comment. He had indicated at one point on Friday that there would be a press release on the matter, to be issued today.
According to an unconfirmed report, police were led to the guns by one of the suspects in the Aug. 5 armed robbery at Clark’s Market in Aspen. A source told The Aspen Times last Friday that Schaffer was out that day looking for the guns with the suspect and the suspect’s attorney.
Schaffer returned to the police station in the afternoon, and reportedly was working on “evidence” and could not be reached for comment until late in the day.
Two guns, reportedly a pistol and a rifle, were used in the robbery at Clark’s and at a subsequent armed robbery, on Aug. 19, at the Village Market in Snowmass Village.
According to confessions obtained by police, the guns were said to have been a BB pistol and a .22-caliber rifle.
Charged in the Clark’s robbery are Moses Greengrass, Yuri Ognacevic and Jacob Richards, all 18, and Cody Wille, 17, who is being charged as an adult. Charges were filed in connection to the Village Market robbery against Greengrass and William “Wade” Hammond, 18.
Police have searched at least one of the places where some of the alleged robbers were known to hang out together, in an effort to recover the guns, but to no avail.
Arrest affidavits contained in the court files on the cases do not indicate when the guns disappeared or how they were disposed of. But police reportedly have learned since filing those affidavits that the guns were supposedly dropped down a mine shaft as police began unraveling the details of the crimes in September.
According to information in the court documents, some of the suspects have been linked with other armed robberies committed in the Aspen area recently, although no charges have been filed in connection with those crimes. It is not known if the weapons used in those robberies were the guns used in the Clark’s and Village Market incidents.
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