December 21, 2014

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UPDATED: Eaton Twp. Marathon armed robbery may be connected to others

The suspect in an armed robbery of Circle K is believed to be connected to an armed robbery at Marathon Sunday night. COURTESY PHOTO

The suspect in an armed robbery of Circle K on Nov. 25 is believed to be connected to an armed robbery at Marathon Sunday night. COURTESY PHOTO

EATON TWP. — Police believe a suspect in an armed robbery Sunday night at a Marathon Gas Station may be connected to multiple armed robberies around Lorain County in the past few weeks.

About 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, Holly Roark told officers from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office that she was working at the Marathon Gas Station at 38495 Royalton Road when a man entered the store wearing a hooded sweatshirt, jeans, gloves and a mask covering his mouth. Roark told police that the suspect was white and had blue eyes, but she couldn’t give a more detailed description.

The man walked backward to the counter before turning to face Roark, holding a handgun, according to the police report. He told Roark to hand over all of the money in the cash register and “nothing will happen,” according to the report.

When Roark handed over the $300 in the cash register, the man walked from the store and headed westbound toward state Route 57.

The manager of the gas station told police that surveillance cameras were turned off after recent maintenance and none of the robbery was caught on tape.

According to sheriff Lt. Donald Barker, the incident could be connected to three other robberies that occurred in the past few weeks.

“The description given was similar to other reports,” Barker said.

The first similar report was Nov. 25 when an employee at Circle K at 35000 Royalton Road in Eaton Township told police a white man with a grey hooded sweatshirt robbed the store using a black handgun about 3:45 a.m. He told police the suspect said, “don’t make me use this,” referring to the gun.

The next robbery occurred about 11 p.m. Thursday when an employee at Valero Gas Station at 11935 Grafton Road in Eaton Township told police a man walked into the gas station wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a mask. The man claimed to have a gun and told the clerk to hand over money from the register. After taking the money the man left without showing the clerk his gun, according to a police report.

A third alleged robbery occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday at Britt’s Deli on 38670 Butternut Ridge Road in Carlisle Township. The clerk at the deli told police a man came into the store wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and a black ski mask. The man brandished a black handgun and said, “Give me all the money and you won’t get hurt,” before taking the money and leaving the store, according to the report.

None of the suspects in the recent robberies has been arrested, but Barker said the descriptions of all four suspects are similar enough to make police think they could be connected.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.