By Vanessa Miller (Contact)
Monday, June 29, 2009
BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder police are investigating two weekend robberies, including one that involved a man dressed in drag who said he needed help feeding his children.
At 11:28 p.m. Saturday, an employee at the Boulder Beer and Liquor Emporium, 4700 Table Mesa Drive, called police to report a man wearing white and red makeup, a red and purple wig, a black and white hat and a denim dress had robbed the shop at gunpoint.
Employees said the man was “dressed in drag” and might have been wearing a fake nose, said Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley. His makeup looked like “that of a clown,” according to the employees, and he was speaking in a feminine voice, Huntley said.
The suspect approached the two male employees — one was 22 and the other was 48 — and asked for money, Huntley said. One employee said, “No,” according to Huntley, and the suspect then pulled out a pistol, pointed it at them and said, “Please.”
An employee then emptied the cash register into a paper bag, Huntley said, and the suspect thanked the employee and left.
The suspect, before pulling the gun, said to one employee, “Can you help me out? My husband lost his job, and I need to feed my kids,” according to Huntley.
The second robbery happened about 9:50 p.m. Sunday at the Barn Store gas station at 4600 N. Broadway.
A man — wearing a bandana over his face, sunglasses and padded gloves — walked into the gas station and said, “Give me the money,” Huntley said. A 24-year-old female employee said, “Take it,” and the man pulled the money from the register, Huntley said.
The woman stepped back as he was doing that, and she said he reached toward his waistband, like he was going for a gun, Huntley said. He never displayed a weapon and didn’t verbally threaten her, she said.
Because the suspect descriptions are so different, she said, police don’t believe the two robberies are connected.
Those two cases included, there were three robberies in Boulder in as many days.
On Friday, Richard Scott Ibbeson, 44, is suspected of attempting to rob Advantage Bank in Boulder and then successfully robbing a Wells Fargo branch in Longmont 40 minutes later. He was arrested that night on suspicion of the robberies.
“It’s unusual for there to be three of these in three days,” Huntley said.
The Boulder Police Department’s statistics aren’t yet available for the month of June, but Huntley said there were 13 robberies this year through May 31, as well as 244 burglaries and 753 larcenies. If the crimes continue at that rate, this year’s numbers will be on par with last year’s statistics.
Anyone with information on the crimes can call Boulder police at 303-441-3333.
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