Where no Klingon has gone before " Colorado 7-11 robberies | VailDaily.com

Where no Klingon has gone before " Colorado 7-11 robberies

Barry Noreen
Colorado Springs Gazette

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado ” It may be a galactic first ” two Colorado Springs 7-Eleven convenience stores robbed by a man wielding a Klingon Bat’leth blade.

It’s the weapon of choice for the war-like race on “Star Trek,” but fairly rare in stickups on Earth.

“They had to show me what it was on the Internet,” said Colorado Springs police Lt. Steven Tobias.

The convenience store clerks told police they were threatened by a man in a dark jacket and a black mask wielding the long, curved blade invented for the science fiction franchise that grew out of the 1960s television series and replicated for Star Trek fans with a yen for collectibles, police said.

The knife-edged novelties can be purchased from various Web sites, at pawn shops and other weapons dealers.

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Police said the man got way with cash after the first robbery, at 1:45 a.m. at a 7-Eleven at 145 N Spruce St. He ran away empty-handed from a botched attempt about a half-hour later, at a 7-Eleven store at 2407 N Union Blvd.

According to Wikipedia, “Star Trek” lore holds the Bat’leth was forged around 625 A.D. by the Klingon Kahless, who dropped a lock of his hair into the lava from the Kri’stak Volcano, then plunged the fiery lock into the lake of Lursor and twisted it to form a blade.

Police said the weapon – which is held with both hands in the center and at least four of five feet long – seems ill suited to robbing gas stations.

“I can’t imagine it’s very easy to conceal,” Tobias said.

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