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February 18, 2013
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Breckenridge police nab suspect in convenience store robbery

Breckenridge police say a Dillon man threw hot nachos on a convenience store employee before stealing several items early Sunday morning.

The clerk was surprised by the incident but was not injured.

"I was totally stunned," said Cory "G-Man" DiPaolo, a 17-year veteran of the graveyard shift at the convenience store. "I didn't know what to do. It totally freaked me out."

He said incidents like this one are rare. He has only had to call the police four times in all his years on the job.

Max S. Bigley, 20, is currently being held at the Summit County Jail on one felony count of robbery of a business. Bond has been set at $7,500.

Bigley reportedly entered the Breckenridge gas station with two friends just after 3 a.m. Sunday morning. One of the three exchanged words with the store clerk before Bigley threw the nachos he was holding at the employee, spraying him with chips and hot cheese sauce. He then allegedly grabbed an undetermined number of items and, along with the other two individuals, fled the store without paying for them, according to a statement from the Breckenridge Police Department.

Officials said Bigley initially admitted to stealing three things from the store, and then later said he took additional items.

Authorities were able to use the store's video surveillance to identify Bigley. He was arrested the next day.

It is unclear whether Bigley was intoxicated at the time of the incident, authorities said.


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The Summit Daily Updated Feb 19, 2013 01:52PM Published Feb 18, 2013 10:21PM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.