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Another S. State St. business is robbed

BP station is third armed robbery in last two months

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A clerk at the BP gas station at 796 S. State St. was robbed at gunpoint at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.

According to Westerville police reports, a man entered the store, showed the clerk a black handgun and demanded money. The clerk complied, and the robber left the store.

The robber is described as a white man in his mid 20s, approximately 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black jacket and had large black sunglasses and a red bandanna covering his face.

Police were unable to find anyone fitting the description as they searched the area immediately following the robbery.

The BP robbery marks the third armed robbery of a South State Street business in the past two months.

Westerville police, with the help of Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, continue to search for two people who robbed Chipotle, 641 S. State St., as employees prepared to close the restaurant at 10 p.m. Nov. 14.

In that case -- designated as the Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week Jan. 5 -- both robbers entered the restaurant at closing time. One watched employees at the front while the other forced a manager to the back office to open a safe and hand over a cash bag.

The second robber said he had a gun, but did not show one.

At the time, police said eyewitnesses gave varying descriptions of the suspects, but the one who stayed at the front of the restaurant had a feminine voice and may have been a woman.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest or indictment of the Chipotle robbers.

Anyone with information about the crime can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or emailing through the website stopcrime.org. Crime Stoppers does not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations and a special coding system protects the identity of the caller. Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony.

On Dec. 23, a car pulled into the parking lot of Deals, 581 S. State St., as an employee locked the doors to close for the day at 11:40 p.m.

A man exited the passenger seat of the car, threatened the employee with a gun and stole the night deposit bag the employee was carrying, before getting back into the car and fleeing.

That robber is described as a black man, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, black leather jacket and black pants, according to police reports.

The car was an older model gray or silver Cadillac with heavily tinted windows. Police did not get a description of the driver.

Westerville police ask anyone with information on any of the robberies to leave a tip with Crime Stoppers or call the Division of Police at 614-882-7444.

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