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EP store robbed

October 23, 2012
By KATIE SCHWENDEMAN - Staff Writer (kschwendeman@mojonews.com) , Morning Journal News

EAST PALESTINE - Village police are looking for the man who robbed Hilltop Market at gunpoint on Saturday.

Police Chief Kevin Dickey said the department received a call from an alarm company at 8:45 p.m. notifying them that a panic alarm had been activated at the store on North Market Street.

Officers were at the store within five minutes but the man had already left, he said.

The female clerk told police a white man in his mid-20s had approached her with a gun and demanded money from the cash register.

The man was described as 6 foot tall, thin build and short hair. He was wearing light-colored faded jeans and a zipped up black hoodie. A black bandana mostly obscured his face, although the woman could see he was wearing small framed eyeglasses, Dickey said.

The clerk also told police the man was holding the gun in his right hand when he demanded the money. She was the only one working in the store at the time and gave him the money, Dickey said.

Sgt. Don Johnson used Toney, the department's K-9, to track the man's scent from the store to Ellis Drive.

"(She) lost the scent there. We're assuming the person got into a car," Dickey said.

Police canvassed the neighborhood Saturday evening and Sunday asking residents if they had seen someone matching the man's description.

The department is still searching for the man and is requesting anyone with any information to call 330-426-4341.

Dickey said it is the third armed robbery in the village in two years. The man responsible for the two prior was caught and is still in prison, he said.

Hilltop Market was open for business again after being temporarily closed on Saturday.

 
 

 

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