October 2, 2014

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Vermilion man faces armed robbery charges

Matthew Haller

Matthew Haller

VERMILION — A city man was charged following an investigation of the armed robbery of a Marco’s Pizza employee on Oct. 2.

Matthew Haller, 32, was charged with one count of robbery in connection with the incident. Police said he was at the Lorain County Jail on an unrelated charge when he was charged with the Marco’s robbery.

Police were called to Fifth Third Bank on Liberty Avenue at 12:42 a.m. Oct. 2 where a Marco’s Pizza employee, Scott Weese, and his co-worker, Peggy Bixby, were making a night deposit. The employees told police that they pulled up to the deposit box when a man started yelling, “Give me the f—-ing money! Don’t worry, it’s insured, just give me the f—-ing money!”

Weese said the man appeared to have a gun in his hand, but the gun did not appear to be real. He told police that he told the suspect, later identified as Haller, that the gun didn’t appear to be real, but he gave him the money.

Haller then told Weese, “Mine ain’t real but Mike’s is” before striking Weese in the face several times with the weapon, according to a police report.

Police said Weese had several cuts and scratches on the right side of his face around his eye but declined medical attention.

Police said the suspect ran east on Liberty Avenue around the front of Wendy’s restaurant.

Police used a K-9 to track the suspect to what appeared to be a vacant home near Harcourt Road. Officers contacted the owner of the home, who provided the name of a person who was in the process of moving out, but police didn’t have enough evidence for a search warrant.

Haller was identified as the suspect after an informant told police that he made friends with Haller at Lorain County Jail, and he said Haller bragged about the crime. Police said the informant knew many details of the robbery that weren’t public knowledge.

Haller allegedly told the informant that he used the money to buy heroin and he bragged about doing the same thing in Lorain and said he planned on robbing a McDonald’s worker in the future.

The informant then used a digital recording device in which Haller could be heard talking about the robbery, according to the report. Haller allegedly bragged about using a plastic gun taped with duct tape to hit the employee several times in the head.

Police questioned Haller, and he admitted to the crime, according to the report.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. today at Vermilion Municipal Court.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.