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Two robbers hit gas station

Tim Mutrie

Two masked men robbed a downtown Aspen gas station/convenience store early Saturday and escaped with an unspecified sum of cash, according to Aspen police.

The Aspen Store, a 24-hour Texaco station/convenience store at 435 E. Main St., reported the robbery at about 4 a.m. Saturday, according to Richard Pryor, police patrol supervisor.

No one was injured, he said.

“There were two unidentifiable males involved,” Pryor said.

The one clerk on duty was cleaning when the robbers came in the store’s front door and demanded money, said Mike Haisfield, owner of The Aspen Store.

“Two guys wearing masks came in and told the clerk to open the registers,” he said. “They took the money from both registers and our coin bag.

“Supposedly, they had a gun that was in a paper bag,” he added.

Haisfield said the store’s video system caught the robbers – and their voices – on tape. Furthermore, he said police were able to lift the robbers’ fingerprints from the scene.

The clerk, who Haisfield said was “shaken up, but OK,” acted according according to policy when he handed over the cash without delay. He added that the store also has a policy of dropping surplus cash into an inaccessible safe during late-night hours.

“The safety of our employees is more important than anything else,” Haisfield said. “It’s just unfortunate that this has to happen in our community … I wish it wouldn’t.”

Haisfield and police declined to say how much money was lost in the robbery.

The robbery is the latest in a string of such crimes in the Roaring Fork Valley this year.

Most recently, the 7-Eleven in Basalt was robbed Sept. 14. Armed gunmen held up Clark’s Market in Aspen, the Snowmass Village Market and Aspen Alps Condominium Association late this summer and the Stage 3 Theatres in Aspen was robbed twice at gunpoint early this year. Local authorities have arrested several suspects in connection with most of the crimes, although no arrests have been made in the 7-Eleven heist.


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