This week’s “Crime of the Week” focuses on a Robbery which took place in Columbus.
On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at approximately 5:20pm, an unidentified male entered the Ace Hardware store, located at 1131 W. 5th Ave. Store employees became suspicious of the male after he continuously asked questions about various types of saws, even after being informed that the saws he inquired about were at the store for repair and not for sale. The male continued to ask questions about and handle certain saws, as he picked up two (2) chain saws and headed towards the front of the store. Sensing something wrong, one of the store clerks stood guard at the front doors just as the unidentified male approached and attempted to exit the store without paying for the saws, but not before he was again told “the saws are not for sale and are being repaired for clients.” As the clerk tried to prevent the theft, a struggle ensued. The suspect then stated, “Don’t make me have to pull out my gun.” He then pulled/ jerked away and forced his way past the two clerks. The suspect fled the store and drove away in a gray sedan (OH Lic. GMZ9713), but not before losing his flip flop sandals and cap during the struggle. The suspect is described as: Male/White, 5’8”, 160lbs., and had on a white ball cap, black t-shirt with “Columbus Cobras” on it, and jeans. The suspect had tattoos on his neck and arms. Surveillance video of the suspect may be viewed on our website at www.stopcrime.org.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to our website at www.stopcrime.org and e-mail your tip. You may also submit a tip by downloading our new free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms. We are no longer taking tips via text message.
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Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Central Ohio Crime Stopper’s, Inc., and P.O. BOX 16038, COLUMBUS, OH 43216-6038.
Watch for the depiction of each “Crime of the Week” during newscasts on WCMH NBC 4, Sunday morning 7a.m., 9 a.m. and at 6 p.m., as well as Monday 12 Noon. Also watch for the depiction to be aired on WBNS 10TV, WSYX ABC 6, WTTE FOX 28, and featured in The Columbus Dispatch every Monday.