Steamboat Springs police are seeking a man suspected of robbing the Southside Station late Sunday night at Weiss Drive and U.S. Highway 40. Police said the man brandished a handgun and ran off with cash just before 10 p.m.

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Steamboat Springs police are seeking a man suspected of robbing the Southside Station late Sunday night at Weiss Drive and U.S. Highway 40. Police said the man brandished a handgun and ran off with cash just before 10 p.m.

Hunt on for suspect in Steamboat Springs armed robbery

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Courtesy of Steamboat Springs Police Department

In this low-resolution image from surveillance footage, the suspect in Sunday's armed robbery at Southside Station in Steamboat Springs is seen at the counter of the convenience store. Police describe the suspect as a white or Hispanic male in his late teens to late 20s, 5 foot 8 to 6 feet tall, skinny and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front. Police say he used a blac .22 caliber "older style target pistol" and concealed his face with an orange T-shirt with eye holes cut out of it. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Detective Dave Kleiber at 970-879-4345.

— Steamboat Springs police still are working to identify a man suspected of robbing a Southside Station cashier at gunpoint late Sunday night.

Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Dave Kleiber said Monday morning that the unidentified man walked into the Shell gas station at Weiss Drive and U.S. Highway 40 just before 10 p.m. Sunday. The man then brandished a .22 caliber pistol and demanded cash from the male clerk. Kleiber said the cashier complied and the suspect took off running with the cash.

“We don’t know for sure yet, but the best we can tell is that he probably left on foot,” Kleiber said.

The cashier, a man in his early 20s, was alone when the gunman entered and was not injured during the robbery.

Police describe the suspect as a white or Hispanic male in his late teens to late 20s, 5-foot-8 to 6-feet tall, skinny and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front. The man hid his face with an orange T-shirt with eye holes cut out of it.

“The store clerk did what I think was the absolute appropriate thing to do,” Kleiber said. “It’s just money. It’s really not worth risking your life and limb over a few hundred bucks.”

Kleiber declined to say how much money was taken from the gas station. He said police collected some physical evidence at the scene and sent it to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis. Police also were working Monday afternoon to enhance surveillance video that recorded the crime. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the robbery to call 970-879-4345.

After she met with Kleiber on Monday afternoon, Southside Station owner Denise Peterson said she hopes police are able to find and arrest the suspect.

“I hope they catch who did this because it’s wrong, and it’s not why we all live here in this community,” she said. “When something like this happens, you feel violated and captive and angry. I just hope that law enforcement can get the breaks they need and catch this guy.”

She also praised the actions of her cashier, who was alone when the robber entered the store minutes before it was set to close.

“He handled it the best he could have,” she said. “He managed to stay calm and do exactly what the guy was asking him to do. He came out unscathed other than a horrible bout of anxiety and stress.”

Peterson, who opened the convenience store with her husband in 2003, said business at the gas station will go on as usual despite the robbery.

Kleiber said this is the first armed robbery of a business in Steamboat that he can recall during his 12 years with the department. A Strawberry Park Hot Springs employee was robbed at gunpoint in January 2011 in rural Routt County.

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Kevin Nerney 2 years, 6 months ago

There goes the neighborhood!! First a shooting at the Tap House now an armed robbery. Maybe I'm safer in Brooklyn N.Y. not

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rhys jones 2 years, 6 months ago

Maybe Dave was out of town when the guy robbed -- 7-11, I believe -- with a club, '07 or so, give or take a year. I met the gentleman on the other side, paying my penance for DUI.

The clerk here should be credited for an accurate description of the subject, (could be half the town) and the quality video should assist greatly. Good luck, guys!!

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John St Pierre 2 years, 6 months ago

can't they get a better picture out even of the shirt.... its hard to hide in this town or someone not remmebr seeing it........

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rhys jones 2 years, 6 months ago

Funny how the perp knew exactly when to hit so as to maximize return ("a few hundred dollars" and "declined to say how much money" in slight conflict)(why wasn't most of it in the safe?), the clerk seemed to cooperate with the thief more than the police, providing only the most vague description, and the video was so poor. I smell an inside job.

None of those clothes will ever be seen again, except in the Milner landfill.

Just trying to help, Dave.

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jim johnson 2 years, 6 months ago

This smells like an inside for sure..... Whatever happened with the armed robbery at strawberry park hot springs?

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jerry carlton 2 years, 6 months ago

Every body forgot the heroin dealers in town. Sure they were just kids but some more of the big city coming to Steamboat. Build the casino and you will have more of it all so the dealers and thugs will have money to gamble with.

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Jason Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Wow have not lived in Steamboat in years.But there seems to be a lot more crime,other than petty stuff.I lived there for three years came back and lived there for a summer.I would leave my bike unlocked where ever i was and it never was messed with.I would not be so sure nowadays.Then today i read about the cars getting broke into.It make my heart weary to read such things.

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