Summit County police search for couple that robbed Old Chicago restaurant
A couple suspected of robbing Old Chicago this weekend are still on the run.
Late on Sunday evening, authorities responded to the Silverthorne restaurant after a man and a woman stole an undisclosed amount of cash during dinner service. The cash was taken from a back office when the two suspects informed a manager they had guns concealed in their waistbands, authorities said.
The names of the suspects and manager have not yet been released, and no one was injured during the robbery. The suspects are described as Hispanic and appeared to be a couple.
“We’re still working this case,” Silverthorne police chief Mark Hanschmidt said. “We collected a lot of evidence, obviously, because it happened right in the middle of the restaurant.”
At roughly 9:30 p.m., officers with the Silverthorne Police Department, Dillon Police Department and Summit County Sheriff’s Department arrived at Old Chicago after employees called to report the robbery.
Earlier in the evening, the suspected couple came in together and ordered a meal. They then asked for the manager, and when the manager arrived, they escorted him to a back office after telling the manager they had concealed weapons.
The office is not visible from the main dining room, and the suspects left the restaurant soon after, authorities said. No one witnessed the two enter a car or other vehicle, and as of press time there is no information on where they are from and where they went after the robbery.
Hanschmidt said the manager at Old Chicago made the right decision by cooperating with the suspects. The two stole cash only.
“The employee at Old Chicago did what we encourage the public to do,” Hanschmidt said. “When there’s a situation like that, give them what they want and we can deal with the rest later. We don’t want anyone to get hurt.”
At the moment, authorities are relying on public information to find the suspects. Both suspects appeared to be in their mid-to-late 30s and were roughly the same height at 5 feet, 8 inches.
The female suspect appeared to weigh 150 to 160 pounds and had long, sandy brown hair. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and long, black jacket.
The male suspect appeared to weigh 185 to 195 pounds and had brown-gray hair with a touch of facial hair. He was last seen wearing a grayish jacket and a dark-colored stocking cap with “Burton” in white font.
The last robbery in Silverthorne was on June 28, when 21-year-old James Allen Ray Ross brought a shotgun to the 7-Eleven/Shell gas station in Silverthorne and stole $300 in cash. He was arrested the same night and sentenced in late October to eight years in prison for two felony charges, armed robbery and menacing. Five other charges were dropped.
Hanschmidt said robbery is relatively uncommon in Silverthorne, even in an area with high volumes of visitor traffic. The suspects had three major routes to leave the area — Interstate 70, U.S. Highway 6 and state Highway 9 — and investigators are looking into their possible destinations.
“This doesn’t happen often, which is a good thing,” Hanschmidt said. “With Silverthorne right off of I-70 you’d think it would be a target, but it’s not as common as you would expect.”
Skyla M. Piccolo-Labbs, 23, William C. Ellifritz, 26, and Brooke L. Forquer, 21, all from Craig, were arrested on one count each of first-degree murder and booked into the Routt County Jail around 11:40 p.m. Saturday.