Police issue warrant in store robbery case | SteamboatToday.com

Police issue warrant in store robbery case

Gary E. Salazar

— An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday afternoon for a 20-year-old man police believe is the second suspect who participated in a robbery of a local convenience store early Thanksgiving morning.
Routt County Judge James Garrecht signed off on an arrest warrant for Steamboat Springs resident William Stephen Russick, said Steamboat Springs Capt. Richard Crotz.
“We have not arrested him yet,” Crotz said of Russick, who allegedly participated in the robbery at the Kum and Go. “But we are looking for him.”
Police sought the arrest warrant after receiving information that Russick was involved in the robbery that occurred about 2 a.m. Nov. 23, Crotz said.
Russick is the second perpetrator in a scheme that included Gregg Grabowski, 23, who was an employee at the store at 80 Anglers Drive.
According to a court file, Grabowski was apprehended minutes after the robbery, but the second suspect was able to get away with about $966.
On the same day the warrant was issued, Grabowski posted bond in time for his 1 p.m. Routt County District Court appearance in front of Garrecht.
Grabowski appeared in court wearing a white dress shirt with a tie, khaki slacks and athletic shoes.
The young man was advised by Judge Garrecht he was fortunate he was able to post a $5,000 bond.
“You got a little lucky Mr. Grabowski,” Garrecht said. “Normally, bond for this crime would be set at $20,000.”
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Grabowski made his initial court appearance last Friday in front of a judge from Grand County, said Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann. The judge from Grand County set the bail, he said.
Once Russick is apprehended he will be held on a $20,000 bond, Crotz said. He faces a felony charge of aggravated robbery.
Grabowski has been charged with aggravated robbery with an armed confederate and theft, both felony charges. He also has been charged with misdemeanor wiretapping.
Grabowski was apprehended just after 2 a.m. outside the Kum and Go by a co-worker who relieved him of his duties hours prior to the robbery. Grabowski worked at the store until at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22.
Grabowski and Russick entered the convenience store 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 was Grabowski.
The clerk told police Grabowski was wearing the same clothes he had worn to work.
The clerk also told police the second suspect was carrying a four-foot wooden stick.
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 allegedly unhooked the power to a cordless telephone inside the store, the file shows.
After the suspect was given the bag of money, both suspects ran out of the store. Grabowski allegedly ran out of the store with cordless telephone’s base, the file shows. As Russick was allegedly running from the store, he dropped about $163, the file shows.
The clerk ran after Grabowski and chased Grabowski across U.S. 40, catching him in an embankment. Police arrived shortly thereafter and arrested the man.
Kum and Go’s general manager described Grabowski as “an employee in good standing and that he had done a good job,” the file states.

To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail @amigo.net

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