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Suspect in robbery arrested

Craig Police arrested a man Monday morning after he was identified as the suspect in a convenience store robbery hours earlier.

A female clerk at Craig’s west end Kum & Go told police that she knew the name, recognized the voice and knew a little bit of information about a Craig man who wore a ski mask and demanded cash while waving around a handgun at about 1:50 a.m. Monday morning.

Police arrested Richard Thomas Walton, 27, at about 9:30 a.m. Monday walking down Yampa Avenue after officials matched him to the physical description and name given by the cashier, said Lt. John Forgay of the Craig Police Department.



Forgay declined to say what other evidence of the alleged incident, if any, was found on the man or how much money allegedly was taken from the store.

Walton was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery, a class 3 felony.



Further charges may be pending, Forgay said.

In a separate incident, the same clerk was robbed while working the night shift at the store when a man allegedly took money from the cash drawer as he was being handed change for a lottery ticket, police said. A suspect from Craig was arrested soon after the incident that occurred April 12.

The store reported losing about $140 at that time, but about half that amount was found on a suspect who was located and arrested by police. Talmage Earl Willis, 23, was arrested on charges of robbery, theft and third-degree assault in that case.

“We’re kind of surprised in a small town that the people that commit crimes don’t think people will recognize them,” Forgay said. “We haven’t had an armed robbery in town for a long time. We don’t think it’s a phenomenon that’s happening in Craig.”

The clerk told police that the suspect in Monday’s case had come into the store before the robbery to use the restroom. He didn’t purchase anything, she told police.

The clerk said the man came back early Monday morning wearing a ski mask and had waved around a silver and black handgun demanding money from the cash register, police said.

“It was clear to her that he was serious,” Forgay said.

The cashier said she thought the suspect got away on foot, police said.

Police are still investigating whether other suspects may be involved in the case.

The two recent robbery cases at the same store seem to be unrelated, Forgay said.

“It’s a series of events that turned out to be a coincidence,” he said.


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