Monday, November 27, 2000
Steamboat Springs Gregg Grabowski left work at about 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday only to return intoxicated to allegedly rob the Kum and Go early Thanksgiving morning.
Grabowski, 23, faces charges of aggravated robbery with an armed confederate, a class three felony, theft, a class four felony, and misdemeanor wiretapping.
Grabowski was apprehended just after 2 a.m. Thursday outside the Kum and Go, 80 Anglers Drive, by a co-worker who relieved him of his duties hours prior to the robbery.
Grabowski is set to appear in Routt County Court today, but a second suspect remains at large.
"The second person has not been apprehended," said Steamboat Springs Capt. Richard Crotz.
Grabowski and the second suspect entered the convenience store at about 2 a.m. Both men were wearing ski goggles and bandannas to cover their faces, police said.
According to a court file, the clerk on duty, a 20-year-old man, recognized one of the suspects as Grabowski.
The clerk told police Grabowski "was wearing the same clothes as earlier in the evening when he was working," the file shows. The clerk told police the second suspect was carrying a four-foot wooden stick, and Grabowski did not have anything in his hands, the file shows.
Upon entering the store, the two men allegedly walked behind the counter and demanded money. The clerk grabbed a bag and put cash from two registers into the bag.
While the suspect was demanding the money, Grabowski was unhooking power to a cordless telephone inside the store, the file shows.
After the suspect was given the bag of money, both men ran out of the store. Grabowski stole the back of the cordless telephone, the file shows.
As the two men were running from the store, the clerk woke up his girlfriend, who was sleeping in a back room, to call police, the file shows.
The 18-year-old woman, who had went to the store to keep her boyfriend company, called police from a second telephone in the store, the file shows.
As the woman was calling police, the clerk ran after Grabowski. The two men ran across U.S. 40 and the clerk was able to tackle Grabowski in an embankment. When police arrived at the scene, they found Grabowski lying in the snow while the clerk held him down, the file shows.
Police searched the area for the second suspect but were unable to find the man. The clerk told police he did not see which direction the second suspect ran, the file shows.
Grabowski was booked into the Routt County Jail and questioned in the morning. Steamboat police wanted to interview him when he had sobered up in the morning, the file states.
The general manager of the Kum and Go described Grabowski as "an employee in good standing and that he had done a good job," the file states.
Grabowski remains in the county jail and is being held on a $5,000 bond.