Grove City Record

Police believe employee helped stage robbery in Grove City

Crime initially classified as a robbery now is considered an inside theft job

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Grove City police have re-classified a reported robbery as an inside theft job, after learning an employee of the business was in on the heist.

At 11:50 a.m. June 11, a man identified by police as John P. Steckel, 27, of Hilton Avenue in Columbus, walked into Cashland, 2228 Stringtown Road, and demanded money from the two employees there. He implied he had a weapon by reaching into his clothing.

He fled on foot after and employee gave him $16,400 from the business’ safe.

Since then, police have determined that one of the employees was working with Steckel to stage the robbery, said Capt. Jeff Pearson of the Grove City Division of Police.

Pearson said police also interviewed two women who were in the store with Steckel just before the incident.

The women were reported to have been talking with the employees and asking questions while Steckel paced back and forth. Pearson said police believe the women also were involved with the theft.

At this time, no charges have been filed against anyone other than Steckel, who is still at large, Pearson said, but the investigation remains open and more charges may be forthcoming.

Anyone with information about Steckel’s whereabouts is asked to contact Grove City police at 614-277-1710.

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