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Avon clerk says robbers tied him up

Sarah Mausolf
Avon, CO Colorado

AVON – Rogelio Munoz said he was “a little shaken” after robbers tied him up inside an Avon shop.

Around noon Wednesday, Munoz said he was working alone at Munoz Video when two men came into the general store.

“One of them was talking about the boots,” Munoz said. “I came out here just to show him where they are. The other guy came up behind me and put something against my neck.”

Munoz, 23, was unsure whether the cold object pressed into the nape of his neck was a gun.

Either way, he had no time to find out because the men pushed him onto the floor, tied his hands behind his back with rope and bound his feet, he said.

“I was like: ‘Wow, is this happening?'” Munoz recalled. “It seemed like a joke at first.”

Munoz realized the burglary was real when he heard the men rustling around in the jewelry case.

The men nabbed gold bracelets and rings from the glass case, Munoz said. The robbers also stole about four car stereos, he said. Additionally, the men took gold earrings, silver dollar-sized pendants, crucifixes and gold rose pendants, along with diamond necklaces and rings, an Avon press release said.

Munoz didn’t have a tally of how much the stole goods were worth.

“It was definitely in the thousands,” he said.

Avon police continue to investigate the robbery. Police are searching for two Hispanic men. Witnesses described the robbers as 30-year-olds who stand 5’10” tall. One man weighs 200 pounds with a dark complexion, thin beard and short black hair, according to the description. The other man weighs 180 pounds with a light complexion, descriptions suggest.

The store belongs to Munoz’s parents, Rogelio and Alicia Munoz from Eagle-Vail. Located at 150 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., unit A150 in the Avon Plaza shopping center, the former video store now sells general merchandise like Stetson hats and CDs in addition to videos.

As soon as Avon police lifted the yellow crime scene tape from storefront, the young Rogelio Munoz returned to work Wednesday afternoon. He had suffered no injuries from his ordeal but remained in a state close to disbelief.

“Probably a week from now I won’t even remember but just for now, it’s kind of a shock,” he said.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

Call the Avon police department at 970-748-4040 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007 or 1-800-972-TIPS. Submit a tip online at http://www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from a cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus the message to CRIMES (274637). If a tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, the person who reports it can earn up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers. Anyone in the vicinity of Avon Plaza around noon on Wednesday should contact Avon police, an Avon press release said.

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