Stage 3 victim of holdup |

Stage 3 victim of holdup

John Colson

Aspen Police Chief Tom Stephenson said police have no good leads yet in connection with an armed robbery that took place early Friday morning at Stage Three Theaters.

As of Sunday evening, no one had been arrested in connection with the holdup.

“No arrests are imminent,” patrol supervisor Gary Kalkman said Sunday. “We have no solid leads at this point, but we’re looking into a lot of things.”

The robbery, according to Stephenson, happened “at approximately 1 a.m.,” according to a written statement from police. No one was injured during the robbery.

The theater’s manager and a cleaning person were the only people present in the movie house when the robbery occurred, according to one police representative.

Although Stephenson refused to discuss any details police have received about the incident, eyewitnesses have reported that police quickly threw up a roadblock on the Maroon Creek bridge leading out of town.

Police also reportedly were stopping cars all over Aspen after getting the report from the theater. And some of those stopped have said police indicated they were looking for three men armed with pistols.

Police have declined to confirm or deny if that was the number of robbers involved in the stickup.

Police Chief Jim Stryker of Basalt, the nearest town to Aspen, said his department was not called to watch for fleeing suspects, indicating that Aspen police had no specific reason to believe the robber or robbers fled the city.

The management at Stage Three Theaters, which is owned by the nationwide chain Carmike Cinema, also would not comment on the robbery. A representative from Carmike who was at the theater on Friday referred all calls to the chain’s headquarters in Georgia, where no one could be reached for comment.

This is the second armed robbery at Stage Three this year. On Jan. 2, a lone masked man reportedly armed with a semi-automatic pistol held up the theater and took an undetermined amount of money. No one was arrested for that robbery, and police spokesman Loren Ryerson said police do not know if the two robberies are connected.

He declined to comment on whether the person or persons involved in the most recent robbery were wearing masks.

Asked if local residents have reason to worry about the possible presence of armed men in town, Ryerson remarked, “No, I don’t believe they do.”

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