Masked men rob Valley Liquors
Two masked men robbed Valley Liquors at gunpoint on Wednesday night, hitting the store’s sales clerk on the head with a wine bottle in the process. The unidentified clerk suffered only minor injuries, but the two robbers made off with around $2,100, Valley Liquors assistant manager Mary Bos said. “There were two males who came in right at 10 o’clock,” Bos said. “One grabbed a bottle of wine from a display and hit (the clerk) on the head, and he had a gun.”Bos said employees at the liquor store, which is located at 6820 Highway 82 – almost across from the Sopris Restaurant – said it seems that the robbers had been scoping out the store before robbing it. “They knew where the cash was,” she said. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario did not return calls Thursday seeking comment on the robbery. Authorities seized the store’s cash register drawers to try and lift the robbers’ fingerprints, Bos said. “It’s been a total shock,” she said. “We’re just power thinking as to what we can do to prevent more catastrophe from that.”Valley Liquors owner George Soukup detailed some of the immediate changes he plans to make to try and avoid another robbery. “We’re going to get some security cameras and we’re going to get a little better lighting out there,” he said. Soukup also plans to have money removed from the premises more often and will likely have two employees present when the store closes. As Soukup spoke about the incident, he expressed frustration and anger. “It just really stinks,” he said. “Me and Nicky (Soukup’s wife) kind of left New York because it was getting kind of hairy there, and now it’s getting hairy here and getting hairy everywhere.”The only bright side, Soukup said, is that his employee wasn’t seriously hurt. “That’s the only good thing out of this,” he said.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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UPDATE 5:27 p.m. — Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions Saturday evening after a safety closure due to a flash flood warning. There were no reported mud/debris slides.