Third gas station robbed in two days

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By Andrea Tritschler

Another Brighton gas station was robbed on Tuesday, Feb. 7, the third in two days.

Murphy’s Express, at 79 E. Bromley Lane, was robbed at gunpoint around 7:30 p.m. A man reportedly walked up to the clerk and threatened her with a handgun, demanding money. He then fled on food toward Main Street, according to Brighton Police.  

Police set up a perimeter and searched the area Tuesday night, but don’t have any suspects in custody. The man was described as a Hispanic male about 5’6” with a stocky build and brown eyes. He was seen on a survelliance tape wearing a red hoodie under a black jacket. 

There have been three robberies involving guns this week. Police continue to investigate two other gas stations nearby that were robbed early Monday morning. The first robbery occurred around 5 a.m. at the Kum & Go convenience store on Bridge Street near U.S. Highway 85. 

An armed male walked into the store and demanded money from the clerk, according to Brighton Police Department spokesman Rich Kelly. The suspect was seen leaving the area in a white, four-door sedan.

Two hours later, a man matching the same general description was reported at a Shell gas station on the northwest corner of Weld County Road 27 and State Highway 2 in north Brighton and also demanded money, Kelly said. In that case, a man with a ski mask and a red ski coat demanded money, but the woman at the counter told him she wouldn't give him any. At that point, the man turned and walked out the door, the woman said. She requested anonymity because the man has not been caught. 

"It was weird the way it happened. We could see the gun," the woman said. "It certainly looked real. After he left, I asked myself, 'What the heck just happened?'"

The man got into a car parked around the side of the building and drove away, the clerk said.

"I couldn't see anything - just his eyes," the woman said when asked about the details of the man and the car. The man also wore gloves, she said. The incident was caught on a gas station surveillance tape.

Detectives have not determined if the three incidents are related, but encourage anyone with information on the robberies to call Detective Corporal Payne at 303-655-2367.