Clerk talks about being recognized by 'Thumbs-Up' robber who had change of heart

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - Newly released photos give us a better look at the face of the robbery suspect who entered a store, recognized the clerk then allegedly decided to commit his crime somewhere else.

After the video of that aborted robbery was released, he quickly came to be known as the "Thumbs-Up" robber because of the signal he gave before departing the QuickSave store at 4895 Ward Rd., in Wheat Ridge.

The man can be seen walking into the store with his face covered by a bandana on Tuesday just before noon.

"He says, 'I was gonna rob this place, but I know you,'" recalled Matt, the recognized clerk who opted not to give his last name. "And he was upset and just getting ready to walk out the door, and asks me real quick if I knew him. And I said, 'No.' I had no idea who he was. He says, 'Good,' gave me the thumbs up, and took off."

Matt, who knows many of his customers by name, said he has no idea who the man is, even with the new photos.

"I can't come up with anything. I have no idea where I would’ve known this guy or how I would’ve known this person," Matt said.

Investigators believe the suspect didn't waste time in robbing a 7-Eleven just a mile away from the QuickSave on Ward Rd. near 58th Ave. Police aren't saying yet whether he used a weapon.

"I wish there was something we could’ve done to stop him from going further and doing something else up the street," Matt said.

LINK | See the video for yourself

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612.

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