Upper Arlington News

Money taken in armed robbery at Speedway

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

A man made off with cash after holding up customers and employees of a Lane Avenue Speedway gas station on Monday, Dec. 16.

According to Upper Arlington police, a white man carrying a shotgun entered Speedway, 1430 W. Lane Ave.  at approximately 9:48 p.m. Dec. 16 and demanded money from the cash register.

No one was injured during the robbery, but surveillance images show the suspect brandishing the gun at employees, as well as a man who was making a purchase at the counter. Police said several customers were inside the gas station when the alleged robbery occurred.

The suspect -- described as being in his late 20s or early 30s with a tall, slender build and dark hair -- approached the counter and provided the clerk with a lime-green cloth grocery-type bag. He left the scene on foot after obtaining an undisclosed amount of money.

“I’m sure there was (a vehicle) somewhere,” Wilhelm said. “We followed shoeprints in the snow, initially west from the store and then north.  It looked like he might’ve had a vehicle waiting for him on Osborne (Drive).”

According to police, the man was wearing jeans, a black or dark brown jacket that had a white and red stripe down each sleeve and a white circular design on the back. He also had on a dark hoodie and a camouflage mask.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Upper Arlington Police Division at 614-583-5160.