The Portsmouth Police Department is asking for help from the public in identifying a man who got away with an undetermined amount of cash from a local convenience store.
Police are currently investigating a robbery that occurred at Clark’s Pump N Shop, which is located at 3008 Scioto Trail in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Police Operations Captain Lynn Brewer said the suspect entered the business just after 3 a.m. Saturday and walked to the restroom. Afterwards he reportedly approached the counter and appeared to wait for the cashier, who was currently assisting a customer at the drive-through. When the employee opened the drawer to complete the transaction, police said the man jumped over the counter and began trying to grab cash from the drawer.
A struggle with the employee reportedly ensued, but eventually the suspect was able to flee the store with an unknown amount of cash. Patrol Officers that responded to the call were able to locate what is likely the hat and hooded sweatshirt worn by the man during the incident in a dumpster located on a nearby residential street.
The suspect is described as a white male in his late twenties to early thirties with very little, if any, facial hair. He was wearing a tan hat, red Ohio State hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans at the time.
Anyone with any information is being asked to call the Portsmouth Police Department at 740-353-4101 or 740-354-5538. Brewer said calls can be kept confidential.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.