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$20,000 offered for murder case leads

Greg Masse
Staff Writer

A $20,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed Tom Lubchenco June 16 at Wal-Mart.

A Glenwood Springs police news release asks anyone in the area of Wal-Mart between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight on June 16, Father’s Day, to contact police.

Police did not release the source of the reward. Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson said he would like people to come directly to the department with information rather than going to those offering the reward.

The investigation is still moving forward, Glenwood Springs police Lt. Lou Vallario said, but there is still no suspect.

Vallario said it seems likely that whoever killed Lubchenco had some knowledge of the store’s setup before the incident.

“They had to know the store fairly well. It could be an ex-employee, a current employee or someone who cased the store very well,” he said.

After two weeks of working on the case around the clock, Vallario said, Glenwood Springs police investigators have begun limiting their investigative work on the case to regular business hours.

“We still have four investigators working on it full-time,” Vallario said.

Lubchenco, 56, of Glenwood Springs, was killed around 11:30 p.m. June 16 while working the night shift at Wal-Mart. The killer escaped after the shooting.

Police describe the suspect as a 5-foot, 10-inch white male with a thin face.

He was wearing a black baseball cap and a black jacket at the time of the shooting. The suspect may possess a two-tone black and colored backpack with two zippers that come together at the top, police said.

Vallario said witnesses reported the suspect might have been wearing either a ski mask, dark glasses or tinted goggles.

“We’re still going with the same description,” he said.

Investigators have interviewed all those they feel could have information in the case, but there is still a chance other witnesses could be discovered, Vallario said.

“As far as I know, most of, if not all of, the people who were in the store have been interviewed,” he said.

Security videotapes recorded around the time of the shooting have been reviewed by police, but the quality is poor, making it difficult to get a good look at exactly what happened, Vallario said. The quality is especially poor when the tape is paused.

“Given the quality, we’re going to try and enhance it. We’re in the process of trying to improve them,” he said of the video images.

Many possible suspects, such as angry ex-employees, have been ruled out, Vallario said.

“We’ve ruled out a lot of loose leads,” he said.

If anyone has any information about the shooting, they are asked to call Glenwood Springs police at 945-8566.


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