Upper Arlington News

Police say Speedway robbery latest in city 'trend'

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

An unknown man took cash from a Lane Avenue Speedway and its customers Monday, Dec. 16, in the latest in a series of robberies in Upper Arlington.

According to Upper Arlington police, a man carrying a shotgun entered the 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 man brandishing the gun at gas station employees and a man who was making a purchase at the store's counter. Police said several customers were inside the gas station at the time.

Upper Arlington Police Sgt. John Wilhelm said the incident was the latest of several robberies that have occurred in the community recently, including one last week at the Arlington Bank, another at Jets Pizza on Reed Road last month and one in October at a McDonald's on West Henderson Road.

"I couldn't tell you the last time (Speedway) was robbed," Wilhelm said. "We've been having robberies all over town.

"It's a trend. I don't think they're related."

As of Dec. 17, police hadn't made any arrests related to the Dec. 11 robbery at the Arlington Bank, 2130 Tremont Center.

In that case, an unidentified man entered the bank around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, and slipped a note to a teller, demanding money.

He did not brandish a weapon or imply he had one, Wilhelm said. Also, no one -- including one customer who was at the bank -- was injured.

The suspect obtained an unknown amount of money.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect, who was not wearing a disguise but who did cover a portion of his face while inside the bank.

"He had something covering the portion of his face from the mouth down," Wilhelm said.

He is described as white, being 20 to 30 years of age, 6-feet tall, with a medium build, dark hair and a mustache. He fled on foot, heading west from the bank, before police got to the scene.

The suspect in the Speedway armed robbery is described as being white, in his late 20s or early 30s with a tall, slender build and dark hair.

According to police, he approached the counter and provided the clerk with a lime-green cloth bag, and 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 suspect in the Speedway robbery 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 wore a dark hoodie and a camouflage mask.

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