BOULDER, Colo. - Several armed robberies involving Boulder sandwich shops and Lolita's Market could be related, Boulder Police say.
Lolita's Market, at 800 Pearl St., was robbed on Christmas Day -- the second robbery of that business in about two weeks. Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said the suspect entered the store around 3:53 p.m. and first went to the rear of the store before approaching the counter and demanding money from the register.
"The clerk said the suspect lifted up his shirt to show a semi-automatic handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants. He did not aim it at the clerk," Kobel wrote.
The suspect was given money and left the store on foot, heading east on Pearl St.
Kobel said the suspect was described as a Hispanic male with black, curly hair down to his jaw. He was between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 and weighed an approximate 160 pounds. The crook wore a white doo rag, black shirt with horizontal red pinstripes, baggie blue jeans and dark sunglasses.
The description is similar to those provided for suspects in two other unsolved robberies: A Quiznos restaurant at 1606 Conestoga St. robbed at 3:11 p.m. on Dec. 18, and a Subway restaurant robbed at 2:27 p.m. on Dec. 20.
"Detectives are looking into the possibility that the robberies are related," Kobel announced Thursday.
The previous robbery of Lolita's Market occurred at 10:48 p.m. on Dec. 9, but involved two suspects.
Anyone with information about any of the robberies is asked to call Detective Kurt Foster at 303-441-4329. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776.