3 months on, police no closer to catching Lubchenco’s killer
After three months, Glenwood Springs police still consider the June 16 killing of local artist Tom Lubchenco their No. 1 priority, Lt. Lou Vallario said.
Despite hundreds of hours spent investigating the case, police are still frustrated in their efforts to find the killer.
In the weeks after the killing, the department assigned four full-time investigators to the case. Now, two investigators are working the case.
“The manpower’s been reduced,” Vallario said. “That’s because we looked at our increasing caseload and there are other things we’ve been ignoring that we really need to address.”
Investigators from the department are still running down leads and still interviewing people, but so far they’ve had no luck, he said.
“We had somebody say, `Hey, do you know those guys who did something a year ago?’ So we’d run that down and find out they were in jail and couldn’t have done it,” Vallario said as an example of the types of leads he’s getting.
The 56-year-old Lubchenco was a husband, a father and a respected local artist. He was gunned down around 11:30 p.m. on Father’s Day while working the night shift inside Wal-Mart, by an apparent burglar.
Police arrived within minutes, but the shooter vanished.
“It’s not like we gave up and we’re not doing anything. We’ll never do that,” Vallario said.
A $20,000 reward is still 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.
Police have described the suspect as a 5-foot-10-inch white male with a thin face wearing a black baseball cap and a black jacket at the time of the shooting. Witnesses also reported the suspect might have been wearing either a ski mask, dark glasses or tinted goggles.
If anyone has any information about the shooting, they are asked to call Glenwood Springs police at 384-6500.
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