July 26, 2014

Elyria
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Suspect sought in Elyria gas station robbery

ELYRIA — Elyria police are asking the public for help identifying a man who reportedly robbed the Speedway on Lorain Boulevard.

At 3:38 a.m. Saturday, officers were sent to Speedway for a robbery that occurred 20 minutes earlier. Officers met with a man who worked at the store who told police he had opened the door for a man delivering newspapers and then had stepped outside to smoke when he was approached by the robber.

The employee said the robber asked for a cigarette, and after taking a cigarette pushed him into the store and told him he had a gun.

Once inside the store, the robber demanded money from the cash register, which totaled $374, according to a police report. The man then left on foot toward state Route 57.

Police said the robber never produced a gun during the robbery.

Police obtained security video of the robber, who was described as a black man in his mid-30s, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 230 pounds, with a short beard. He was wearing a black, waist-length leather jacket and a black knit hat.

Photos of the man were posted Monday afternoon on the Facebook page of the Elyria Police Department, which asked for help from the public to identify him.

Anyone who has information on the robbery is asked to contact Sgt. Kirk Smith at (440) 323-3302.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.