Thanks to the teamwork of the Fort Morgan Police Department, Brush Police Department, and the Morgan County Sheriffs Office, two persons have been arrested and charged with armed robbery
five days after the Happy Butts cigarette store was held up at knife point.
Fort Morgan and Morgan County officers responded, and began collecting information that was later used to identify two suspects that were being investigated by Brush Police Department in an unrelated criminal matter. Information was obtained that led to the surveillance of the two suspects and a search warrant of a residence. Items located in that search led to the identity of the two suspects.
Based on interviews conducted by the Fort Morgan Police Department, warrants were obtained for the two suspects allegedly involved. Patrick Joseph Estrada, 27 of Log Lane Village and Miguel Angel Gamboa, 19 of Brush, were arrested on Tuesday, May 18th, and each is charged with Aggravated Robbery, Class 3 Felony, and Felony Menacing, Class 5 Felony. The two were arraigned in Morgan County District Court and are currently being held on $100,000 bond.
The investigation continues in this case and another armed robbery that occured on Monday, May 17th, at the North Main Conoco.
City Manager Pat Merrill commended Chief Kuretich and his staff for the investigation and teamwork. Special thanks to Brush Police Detective Cory Hardy and Fort Morgan Police Detectives Sgt. Loren Sharp, Steve Vosburg, and Todd Zwetzig who all were intrumental in solving this crime.