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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.

 

  • Joe Smith

    “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.”

    Convenient timing don’t you think? They might wan’t to be looking at this as a inside job which they already probably are.

    • Triston Henderson

      Inside job? That makes zero sense. If people went through the trouble of making sure the cameras were off don’t you think more than $300 would have been stolen? If your going that far you clean out the safe not just the register…

      • Joe Smith

        Actually it makes perfect sense, if an employee knew the cameras were not recording they could stage a robbery when they knew no video evidence would be available and they may not have had access or the skills to open the safe. A free $300 payout with little to no chance of getting caught is better than nothing.It would be a theft of opportunity.Most thieves like this are not mastermind safecrackers.
        I am not accusing the employees, I am just saying it would not be a bad idea to look into it because of the timing of they just happen to rob the place when the cameras were down is all.

        • Frank Caswell

          At 1 of the 4 different stores the cameras were not working sure to a power outage a few days before. Get your facts right before blaming random people.

          • Joe Smith

            Learn to read, from above

            “I am not accusing the employees, I am just saying it would not be a bad idea to look into it”

            AND

            “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. ”

            And my comment was about this location, not the others as you can see from the quote in my first post.

            Says maintenance, not power outage for this location.

            And what’s your point about the cameras?

            My point is an employee MAY have knew the cameras were out and COULD have staged this like so many have done before, your statement just backs up what i said…..sigh

        • Triston Henderson

          Ok I see what your saying now. Im not sure if I buy it but its definitely possible.

          • Joe Smith

            Yea and its just an idea, its not uncommon for this to happen but it could mean nothing, again just an idea, have a great week Triston

          • Triston Henderson

            You have a great week as well Joe.