Steamboat police seek help finding robbery suspect


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Robbery surveillance video

The Steamboat Springs Police Department on Tuesday released security camera video from the armed robbery that occurred at the Shell gas station at Weiss Drive and U.S. Highway 40 just before 10 p.m. Sunday.

— The Steamboat Springs Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding an armed robber and those who have broken into nearly 40 cars in the past week.

A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the man who robbed the Southside Station at gunpoint on June 10.

“At this point we really need the community’s help in identifying this guy,” Steamboat Springs Police Department Chief Joel Rae said.

He encouraged residents to take a close look at the surveillance video. Rae said people should look at the robber’s mannerisms, his clothing or any other clues. Police have no solid leads at this point.

Anyone with any information can call Routt County Crime Stoppers at 970-870-6226. Callers can remain anonymous.

Anyone with information about the cars that have been broken into may also be eligible for a cash reward.

In the past week, there have been 37 reports of unlocked cars that have been entered and items taken in the vicinity of Walton Creek Road. The thefts were reported on June 12 and Sunday and likely occurred the previous night.

“We don’t know that they’re connected, but that’s a possibility,” Rae said.

The odd thing about the thefts is that primarily cash and coins have been taken, and valuable items such as an iPad and a purse were not taken.

“It tells me that this person is looking for cash for whatever reason,” Rae said.

He encouraged people to call police if they see anything suspicious.

“We need good neighborhood watch people out there, and we need people to start locking their cars,” Rae said.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email


mark hartless 4 years, 9 months ago

Perhaps the general public would be more inclined to participate if criminals were not sent through a revolving door as "punishment".

With any luck, one of the next 40 cars/ businesses/ homes robbed will belong to the judges and public defenders and lawyers who defend and excuse these skumbags instead of punishing them.

I reported a crime that I witnessed just a few days ago. Something that could have led to a great deal of property destruction. Nobody from law enforcement has ever gotten back to me on that. Why bother?


Brian Kotowski 4 years, 9 months ago

Cops can't be everywhere all the time. I almost wish the perp would target me (unlikely, given how rural & isolated I am). Given my very vigilant and protective dog, combined with my own 2nd amendment proclivities, I could serve up the scumbag(s) on a silver shingle.


Phoebe Hackman 4 years, 9 months ago

Hmmm ... anybody else think that employee looks a little TOO cool, calm and collected? Just sayin'.


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