A South Side man has been charged with armed robbery of a North Center cellphone store after he stole more than $700 from employees at gunpoint, authorities said.
CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for the suspect's identity and arrest.
Sunday night's robbery was the second business robbery in a week. Witnesses said a man walked into the store, pointed a.38 caliber revolver at the clerk and demanded money.
During the incidents the man steals goods after diverting the attention of store staff and on other occasions he makes off with goods after being left unattended.
According to police, officers backtracked and located the clothing, a paint scraping tool and a.22 caliber rifle used in the robbery.
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April. 12, 2018: Police say a man with a knife walked into a business on Victoria Avenue, just east of Park Street.
Later in the day, officers were notified that a man with a gunshot wound had entered a hospital, who police later identified as Travis.
April 14, 2018: Around 1 a.m. a man walked into a business on 9th Avenue E., the Glencairn Bolodrome, with what he led victims to believe was a gun, according to police. He took an undisclosed amount of money and fled in a maroon sedan. Fearing that they would get caught, the accused then pulled out a knife - which they had purchased the same day - and stabbed Naresh several times, till he dropped unconscious.
Anyone with information about the robbery should call the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 419-243-6122 or the Toledo Police Crime Stopper program at 419-255-1111.