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Glenwood police working around the clock to catch Wal-Mart killer

Greg Masse

Glenwood Springs police are working around the clock to follow all leads to the killing of Wal-Mart night stocker Tom Lubchenco, police chief Terry Wilson said.

“Basically, we have a significant amount of information we have to process,” Wilson said. “It involves running down leads, talking to co-workers and talking to the family.”

Police still have no suspects in the killing, which occurred around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in a storage area of Wal-Mart.

“We’re trying to get the fullest picture,” Wilson said. “Also, we’re following through on items taken to (Colorado Bureau of Investigation).”

Wilson said at this point in the investigation, the department is working on the case 24 hours a day.

“This is kind of typical in a major case investigation process,” he said. “It’s on a large scale for us. I’ve got guys working 16- to 20-hour days.”

Wilson said investigators will continue working at that pace until an arrest is made or the evidence workload is “whittled down to a more manageable size.”

Wilson also explained the department’s relative silence on the progress of the investigation.

“We are still being tight-lipped about our information and leads,” he said.

“It helps our investigative process. We don’t want to leap to any conclusions. We have to stay very open-minded in an investigation like this,” he added.

Previously, police have said that they don’t believe Lubchenco, a 56-year-old painter and father of two young children, was an intended victim.

Police describe the suspect as a 5-foot-10-inch white male with a thin build and wearing a black baseball cap and a black jacket at the time of the shooting. Witnesses reported that he might have been wearing either a ski mask, dark glasses or tinted goggles, police said.

Police Lt. Lou Vallario urged city residents to be vigilant in closing and locking their homes but did not issue any additional warnings.

“We always encourage people to lock their cars and lock their doors,” he said.


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