Police charge man with Glenwood Springs Safeway robbery
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Area police believe they have nabbed the man who allegedly committed armed robbery at the Safeway Pharmacy in Glenwood Springs in August, as well as other armed robberies in the region.
Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said he was notified on Thursday that charges have been brought against Joel Crawford, 54, of Grand Junction for armed robberies at the Safeway and at pharmacies in Rite Aid and Walgreens stores in Grand Junction.
During the Aug. 2 Safeway robbery, according to a statement from the police, store personnel were confronted by a man holding a handgun who demanded the pain killers Oxycontin and Oxycodone. The suspect then fled the area in an unknown direction.
Crawford had been arrested through a joint investigation by the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office for armed robberies in January and March of this year. He allegedly had robbed pharmacies at a Rite Aid and a Walgreens in the Grand Junction area.
The Mesa County investigation was concluding at approximately the time of the Safeway robbery, police reported, although there was no information in the statement as to why he was believed to be at large and in the Glenwood Springs area.
A joint investigation by Glenwood, Grand Junction and Mesa County detectives led to the charges being filed, according to Wilson.
Wilson said the Glenwood Springs case will be joined with the Grand Junction cases and tried by the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office.
Crawford currently is being held in the Mesa County Jail on a $200,000 bond, according to jail officials.
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