This week’s “Crime of the Week” focuses on a Robbery that took place on the Westside of Columbus.
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 10:50am, an unknown male pretended to help an elderly woman by carrying her groceries as she was leaving Speedway Gas Station, located at 3605 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio. The woman, who had just cashed her social security check in the amount of $4000.00, made the mistake of pulling out the large amount of money as she was paying for her purchases. As the suspect was carrying the victim’s case of pop and cigarettes, he pretended to drop a carton of the cigarettes on the ground. In the confusion, the suspect reached into the victim’s jacket pocket that she was carrying the money in, and snatched out the large sum of money stating, “I gotta have that.” The suspect then got into a grey automobile, driven by a black female, and they drove off the lot headed east on West Broad Street, leaving the elderly woman in such despair that an ambulance had to be called because she thought she was having a heart attack. The suspect is described as: Male/Black, 25-35 years old, 6’0, 180lbs, black braided hair, wearing black pants, black shirt, and a ball cap. A surveillance photo of the suspect and vehicle may be viewed on the Crime Stoppers 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.
All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Crime Stoppers does not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller. Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony. Information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors. For more information on Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, visit our website at www.stopcrime.org.
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.