Alleged store robber turns himself in


— A 20-year-old man suspected of robbing almost $1,000 from a convenience store early Thanksgiving morning has been caught.
William S. Russick turned himself in to the Routt County Sheriff's Office just before noon on Tuesday, said Lt. Fred Johnston, who is the supervisor of the jail.
Russick appeared in Routt County Judge James Garrecht's courtroom later in the afternoon. Garrecht set bond for the man, who is originally from Oregon, at $20,000.
Russick turned himself in to authorities after a Steamboat Springs police officer obtained a warrant for his arrest Nov. 28.
The warrant came about five days after Russick allegedly walked into the Kum and Go at about 2 a.m. Nov. 23 and demanded money from a clerk.
According to a court file, Russick was allegedly helped in the robbery by an employee of the store, Gregg Grabowski.
Both men face felony charges of aggravated robbery with an armed confederate and theft. They also have been charged with misdemeanor wiretapping.
According to a court file, Grabowski and Russick entered the convenience store wearing ski goggles and bandannas to cover their faces.
The clerk on duty, a 20-year-old man, recognized one of the suspects as Grabowski, the file shows.
The clerk had relieved Grabowski of his duties at about 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22. The clerk told police Grabowski returned to the store wearing the same clothes he had worn to work.
Russick allegedly was carrying a four-foot wooden stick at the time of the robbery, the file shows. Russick was allegedly given $1,123 in cash but dropped $163 of the money as he ran out of the store, the file shows.
Prior to the robbery, Grabowski had been drinking whiskey with his roommate at the Hiway House, 800 S. Lincoln Ave., according to court records.
The roommate tried to convince Grabowski and Russick, who also has an apartment in the building, not to commit the robbery, the file shows.
According to court records, Grabowski may have committed the robbery to pay a security deposit to the owner of the Hiway House.
The owner of the Hiway House told police that Grabowski did not have the money to pay the security deposit. But on Nov. 25, the owner told police Grabowski did have the money to pay the deposit, court records state.
The wiretapping charge is being sought against the two men because Grabowski allegedly unhooked the power to a cordless telephone inside the store during the robbery.
He allegedly ran out of the store with the telephone's base, according to court records.
The clerk apprehended Grabowski when he was able to catch him outside of the store in an open field.


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