Police investigate armed robberies in Defiance, Ottawa

By BETHANY RAYLE rayle@crescent-news.com Published:

Local law enforcement officials in Defiance and Putnam counties are investigating two armed robberies that took place on Friday.

Defiance police are investigating an alleged armed robbery that took place Friday afternoon at a downtown business.

According to Video Game Trade employee Spencer Timbrook, a man armed with a gun came in to the 216 Clinton St. store and demanded he hand over money.

"It was a little after 1 p.m. and I was sitting down at the computer waiting on my lunch to get done," explained Timbrook. "A guy came in, sat a gun down on the counter and said 'I need all of your money.' I kind of looked at him for a moment and thought, 'Are you serious?'"

He said the man had came in and said he was going to look at some games when he pulled out the handgun.

Timbrook, who was alone in the store at the time, said he stood up, opened the cash drawer and gave the man the money. He said he got away with "a pretty small amount."

According to Timbrook, the robber told him that he had a family to support.

"He said 'don't make any sudden movements' and then he proceeded to walk backward out of the store."

The man reportedly left in a black four-door vehicle.

"I was pretty calm," Timbrook said of the ordeal. "But I was nervous. I was shaking."

According to Timbrook, the man had been in the store earlier, around 12:15 p.m., with a woman approximately an hour before the robbery. He said when the man first appeared in the store he had tried selling him a monitor, but Timbrook declined the offer.

He described the man as a Caucasian, in his mid- to late 20s, between five-foot eight and five-foot 10, of medium build. He said the man was very tan and had short, buzzed hair with a goatee and was wearing a dark colored T-shirt with shorts. He described the woman as being approximately the same height as the man wearing a black top and shorts.

Police searched the area behind the store with a K-9 unit.

Officials said no arrests have been made and that the incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department by calling 419-784-5050 or by emailing scampbell@cityofdefiance.com.

The Ottawa Police Department is also investigating a similar armed robbery that also took place Friday.

According to Lt. David Winslow, the department was called to Cut Rate Tobacco, 820 N. Locust St. at 5:20 p.m. for a report of a male suspect who displayed a hand gun at the business and left with an undetermined amount of cash from the register and tobacco items valued at $134. He reportedly left in a dark colored SUV.

The suspect is described as being in his mid 20s to mid 30s, between five-foot two and five-foot three, weighing approximately 110-130 pounds and wearing a dark colored T-shirt and jean shorts.

Officials were able to obtain video of the suspect from surveillance cameras.

Also assisting police in the investigation are the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Department at 419-523-3208.

There is no word if the two incidents are related.

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  • Well, if VGT has a camera system in their building, it's only a matter of time before this idiot gets arrested. What are these moron's thinking? You go in like normal (trying to sell a computer monitor) and then an hour later go back in and rob the place at gunpoint. Even if you cover your face, you were still on camera an hour earlier. People these days really are stupid. Oh well, another loser eventually off the streets and sitting in a jail cell.