CRIME OF THE WEEK: Man Suspected in Robbery Spree Hits Whitehall UDF
Updated: Sunday, November 24 2013, 10:19 AM EST
WHITEHALL (Camille Doty) -- A man targets a United Dairy Farmers on the 4800 block of East Main Street. Police believe he could be involved with a string of robberies across Central Ohio.
On October 14, police say the suspect pulled out a gun, demanded money and ran towards the back of the store.
Police detect he’s potentially targeting chains in the city’s outer belt for a quick escape. Several marts have been hit in Bexley, Briggs, Grove City and Pickaway County in one month.
The thief carries a gun, but investigators don't know if he's actually fired his weapon during the robberies.
Detectives say most clerks will surrender the money without resistance. They fear the alleged spree could take a violent turn if someone puts up a fight.
"If he begins to hit the privately-owned convenient stores, then there is a likelihood he's going to get some push back from the robbery,” says Detective Gerald Milner.
Police describe the suspect as a man in his early-to-mid 20’s, who is close to 6 feet tall.
He wears a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with white strings, and a dark-colored hat. The suspect also has a ring on his finger.
Tips could lead to a reward. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Columbus police at 614-461-TIPS, or text a tip to “CRIMES” 274637, keyword CMH.