Sheriff’s office seeking robbery suspect

Amber Gillenwater

June 11, 2014

BLADEN — The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information in regard to a masked assailant who robbed a local business Tuesday evening.

The incident reportedly occurred at just prior 10 p.m. Tuesday at Bladen Landing located at 15083 Ohio 7 South in Ohio Township when a man entered the store and demanded money.

According to the police report, dispatchers with the Gallia County 911 Center received a call from the owner of the business at approximately 9:55 p.m. who reported that while she was on the phone with one her employees, she heard a male voice in the background yelling at the employee and demanding money.

After the responding deputy arrived on scene, witnesses reported that the suspect, described as a tall, skinny white male wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans and a brown face mask, came into the store just prior to closing and approached an employee who was mopping the floor.

The male was reportedly also carrying a bag into which to put cash.

After the employee did not immediately respond to the suspect’s request for the money, the suspect reportedly started yelling at the employee and demanded the victim to give him the cash.

For her own safety, the victim reportedly complied with the suspect’s request and moved behind the counter to collect the cash from the register.

According to the report, the suspect was familiar with the location of the cash inside the register and employees further reported that the masked man must have been a regular customer as he was familiar with the business’ procedures for closing and processing currency.

The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information in regard to this case is encouraged to contact Gallia County Sheriff’s dispatchers at (740) 446-1221 or via their anonymous tip-line at (740) 446-6555.

The suspect, if apprehended, will face a third-degree felony charge of robbery in that he threatened the immediate use of force against another while committing a theft offense.

Further information on this case will be released as it is made available by the sheriff’s office.