Silverthorne hotel armed robbery second in county this month
SILVERTHORNE – Summit County’s second armed robbery in less than two weeks occurred late Monday night when a gunman confronted a desk clerk at Silverthorne’s Day’s Inn.
The man escaped, most likely to a vehicle parked or waiting for him on Interstate 70, according to Silverthorne Police.
Police don’t think Monday’s robber is the same man who held up the Frisco Loaf n’ Jug early May 9.
The Days Inn clerk described the Silverthorne robber as a white male, 5-feet-10 inches tall, in his mid-20s, wearing an American flag bandana, a gray sweater and jeans. He spoke with an Australian accent, she said.
The Loaf n’ Jug robber also is a white male, but that’s where the similarities end. He stood about 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighed 200 pounds or more, and wore a black ski mask, dark pants and a snowboard jacket.
The Days Inn robber escaped with very little cash, said Silverthorne Police Chief John Patterson.
“He fled on foot toward the Village Inn,” Patterson said of Monday’s robber. “Dillon’s (police) canine did a track past the Village Inn, down to the I-70 on ramp. He probably had a vehicle there.”
The choice of a hotel for a robbery is unusual, Patterson said.
“Generally at that time of night, it will be a convenience or liquor store,” he said. “We’re going to do some checking with the metro area, see if we have any similar patterns going on down there.
“I hope we’re not starting to see a trend. I’ve been here three years and there haven’t been that many armed robberies.”
He speculates the thief “could have been a local who was down on his luck,” but said the possibilities for suspects are endless.
“With the I-70 corridor running through Silverthorne and Frisco, it’s wide open to debate as to who it could be,” Patterson said.
While the clerk wasn’t hurt, Patterson said she was “pretty shook up.”
Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at email@example.com
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