The Geauga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two reported armed robberies this past week in opposite ends of the county.
The sheriff’s office reported that the Parkman BP station in Parkman Township and the Dollar General Store in Chardon Township were held up about three hours apart on Jan. 18. In both robberies, the gunman used a black and silver handgun and was dressed in gray.
Police are investigating whether the two incidents are connected.
Workers at the BP station reported that a man wearing a ski mask entered the store shortly before 4 p.m. Brandishing the gun, the man ordered everyone to get on the floor.
Witnesses reported that the robbery was over in about 40 seconds. The gunman left through the front door and drove away in a white SUV.
The sheriff’s office notified the Warren post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department. Although the state troopers believed they had spotted a vehicle matching the description, it was not the one involved in the robbery.
The amount taken was not disclosed.
Police were still gathering evidence Monday related to the burglary.
Around 7:15 p.m., a gunman entered the Dollar Store on Chardon Road (Route 6). The gunman also wore a black mask with a white skeleton design.
The gunman touched the clerk’s arm and reportedly said, “Don’t say a word, open your register and give me all your money.” Employees estimated that the gunman got away with $700 to $800.
Employees also noted that the gunman smelled of marijuana. The gunman was described as 6-feet to 6-feet-2, a skinny build and wearing gray, saggy pants.
Police notified surrounding jurisdictions of a suspected getaway car, described as an orange or gold Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle was believed to have headed west on Chardon Road.
Police also attempted to view security cameras on businesses in the surrounding area in hope of spotting the getaway vehicle.