3 men arrested after armed robbery at Steamboat Springs gas station
Steamboat Springs — Two Craig men suspected of carrying out an armed robbery at a convenience store in Steamboat Springs late Wednesday night were arrested less than an hour later after a police officer noticed a truck speeding through the downtown area without headlights on.
A third man from Craig, who was in the truck with the suspected robbers, was also taken into custody on suspicion of a robbery charge.
Taylor Joel Martinez, 19, Joel Andrew Martinez, 21, and Coltin Josiah Saulnier, 18, were all booked into the Routt County Jail just after midnight on suspicion of aggravated robbery after the truck they were traveling in was pulled over by police.
According to their arrest affidavits, Taylor and Joel Martinez are suspected of having taken $140 and a pack of Marlboro Red cigarettes following an armed robbery of the Loaf N’ Jug gas station just before midnight. The gas station is located just off Mount Werner Road at the entrance to Wildhorse Marketplace.
The gas station clerk told police that two men, who were wearing bandanas and sunglasses to conceal their faces, entered the gas station and asked for money.
One of the men displayed a folding knife with the blade out, and the clerk complied by giving them money from the cash register, according to the affidavit.
The robber then asked for a pack of American Spirit cigarettes, but he changed his mind and asked for the Marlboros instead.
After the robbery, the two men left the scene on foot.
As Steamboat Springs Police Department officers interviewed the clerk about the robbery, they got a report that another officer had pulled over a Chevrolet pickup that was speeding downtown on Lincoln Avenue at an estimated 50 miles per hour, well above the 25-mph-speed limit.
The officer who made the traffic stop was sent photos from surveillance footage from the robbery.
The police sergeant noticed that Joel Martinez and Taylor Martinez were “wearing the exact same clothing as the suspects in the video surveillance,” according to the affidavit.
Taylor Martinez also had a lockblade knife similar to the style that the gas station clerk described, officers said.
All three men in the vehicle were booked on suspicion of aggravated robbery.
Joel Martinez, the driver, was also booked on suspicion of speeding 20 miles per hour over the speed limit and failing to display headlights.
Saulnier said the men were in town to visit friends and were heading back to Craig when they were pulled over.
He then said plans did not work out, and it was a “no go (expletive) show” so they were headed back to Craig, an officer wrote in a police report about the traffic stop.
The men made their first court appearance Thursday.
A judge ordered bond set at $20,000 for Taylor and Joel Martinez.
At the bond hearing, Deputy District Attorney Alyssa Bamonti said there was limited evidence of Saulnier’s direct involvement in the robbery.
Because of this, he will be able to post a personal recognizance bond.
Armed robberies are rare in Steamboat.
The last armed robbery occurred in 2012, when a person wearing a black hoodie went into the Shell Gas Station, brandished a weapon and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
No suspect has been arrested in connection with that case.
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