Thursday, November 23, 2000
Steamboat Springs A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man spent Thanksgiving Day in the Routt County Jail after he allegedly tried to rob a local convenience store in the early morning hours.
Gregg Grabowski faces charges of robbery and second-degree burglary after he and another man, who remains at large, allegedly stole money from the Kum and Go, 80 Anglers Drive.
Grabowski and another man allegedly went into the local convenience store at about 2 a.m. Thursday morning and demanded money, said Sgt. Joel Rae.
"The two men walked into the store wearing ski goggles and bandannas over their faces," he said. "One of the suspects was carrying a 4-foot broomstick."
The two men demanded money from a clerk, who complied with the demand.
"It was the clerk's perception that the man would use the broomstick," Rae said.
A friend of the clerk's, who was at the store at the time of the robbery, called police as the two men fled from the convenience store.
"The clerk ran after (Grabowski) and caught him outside in a field," he said. "He was able to hold onto the man until we arrived at the scene."
The suspect, who was given an undisclosed amount of money, was able to get away, Rae said.
Rae, who has 10 years of experience of working as a police officer, has never had to investigate this type of crime on a holiday, he said.
Grabowski is being held in the Routt County Jail without bond.