A robbery spree in the city of Portsmouth over the weekend has sent Portsmouth police officers out looking for at least four suspects from three robberies and an attempted robbery.
The first robbery occurred at the Speedway Store located at 2401 Gallia St., at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday March 12. A white male suspect described as being in his early 30s to early 40s, wearing a brown jacket with a grey hooded sweatshirt underneath, entered the store and asked to purchase a pack of cigarettes. The suspect then handed the employee a note that demanded the money from the register.
James Elliott, the store employee who was working the register at the time, complied with the demand and gave the suspect the money from the register. The suspect then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Elliott said the suspect appeared to have a weapon but he could not identify what the weapon was due to the speed of the way the incident happened.
The second incident occurred at the Portsmouth Quick Stop store located at 702 2nd St., at about 8:30 p.m., Saturday March 12.
Operations Captain Lynn Brewer said a store employee, Tracy Hall-Rammel said a white male suspect entered the store and requested a pack of cigarettes. Hall-Rammel said when she laid the cigarettes on the counter the suspect picked them up and demanded all the money from the cash register. Hall-Rammel said she refused to comply and the suspect left the store without further incident.
The suspect in that incident was described as being in his 30s with reddish brown hair and scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a light colored hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
At about 9 p.m., officers responded to a second call of a robbery at the Speedway Store at 2401 Gallia St. A white male suspect entered the Speedway Store and victimized the store for a second time on the same day. The suspect was described as being in his early 40s to early 50s. He was wearing a ball hat that was pulled down low over his face and he had on a grey hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over the hat.
Brewer said the suspect asked to purchase a pack of cigarettes and when the employee got the cigarettes and told him the price the suspect demanded the money from the register. Alexander Estrada, the employee working the register at the time, complied with the demand and gave him the cash from the register. The suspect then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
At around 2:50 a.m., Monday, Portsmouth police officers responded to the fourth robbery call of the weekend. Officers were alerted to a problem occurring at Clarks Pump and Shop located at 3008 Scioto Trail by an alarm being activated.
Upon officers arrival, Zachary Jackson, an employee at the store told police they had been robbed. Jackson said a white male suspect came into the store and requested to purchase a pack of cigarettes. Jackson said he got the cigarettes and rang them up but when he offered them to the suspect, the suspected demanded the money from the cash register.
Jackson said the male subject had placed his hand inside his pocket and it appeared he was holding a gun in his pocket. Jackson said he gave the suspect the money from the register and he fled the store.
The suspect in that robbery was described as being 5-feet-8-inches to 5-feet-10-inches tall and possibly in his 40s to 50s. He was wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt with a ball hat and blue pants. Jackson also described the suspect as having a dirty or unshaven appearance.
The investigations are continuing and anyone who may have information concerning the robberies is encouraged to contact the Portsmouth Police Department Detective Division at 740-354-1600 or the Police non-emergency line at 740-353-4101.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.