Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Steamboat Springs Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said Tuesday there are eyewitness accounts of the armed robbery that occurred at Strawberry Park Hot Springs on Saturday night.
“The info provided by them is being followed up on as we speak,” Birch said.
Birch said investigators working the case did not want to disclose any information about the witnesses. He would confirm only that there was more than one witness.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, a man robbed the lone Strawberry Park Hot Springs attendant at gunpoint at about 11 p.m. and stole $800 in cash. The suspect is described as a white man between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall with a slight build. Birch said the man was wearing a ski mask; a dark-colored, hip-length coat; yellow-and-brown camouflage pants; and gloves.
The suspect pepper-sprayed the employee and disabled the office phone before fleeing.
A shuttle driver found the employee, who was taken to the hospital but was not seriously injured.
Anyone with information about Saturday’s robbery is asked to call Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigator Mike Curzon at 970-870-5508 or Crime Stoppers at 970-870-6226. People who call Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and could earn a cash reward.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs owner Don Johnson has said a crime of this magnitude has never occurred at the business.
“The cops are pursuing it pretty hot and heavy,” Johnson said.
On Tuesday morning Birch said the Sheriff’s Office organized a meeting to discuss the crime with a representative from the All Crimes Enforcement Team, three investigators from the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol. The exchange of information between the agencies is something that should be more common in the future, as well, Birch said.