GALLIPOLIS — Another robbery at a local convenience store has been reported in Gallia County.
Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning said Wednesday afternoon that a robbery had been reported to his office during the early morning hours on Wednesday at the Speedway gas station on Jackson Pike in Spring Valley.
According to Browning, just prior to 1 a.m. Wednesday, a male described as wearing blue jeans, a brown Carhartt jacket, with the jacket hood over his head, entered the store and demanded that employees of the store give him money and cigarettes.
The suspect, whose race is unknown at this time, reportedly did not indicate a weapon was present and did not make any threats toward the store employees.
Browning reported that the suspect got away with a little more than $100 and the cigarettes he demanded. The suspect left the store on foot.
This robbery marks the third at a convenience store in Gallia County in a little more than a week.
As previously reported, the first incident occurred at the Bladen Landing convenience store on Ohio 7 in Ohio Township on June 10. Dispatchers reportedly received a call from the store owner, just prior to 10 p.m., who explained that while she was on the phone with one of her store employees, she heard a man yelling in the background and demanding money.
When deputies arrived on scene, witnesses advised that the suspect, described as a white male, tall and skinny, wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans and a brown ski mask, entered the store immediately prior to closing and approached an employee who was mopping the floor.
After the employee did not immediately respond to the suspect’s request for 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 handed over all the money in the register.
No weapons were reportedly used in the Bladen robbery.
A second reported incident occurred just two days later at Bodimer’s Convenience Store in Rodney.
Reportedly, just after 11 p.m. June 12, employees with the store called the Gallia County 911 Dispatch Center and reported that a male came into the store and had demanded money.
The man, described as approximately 5 feet, 11 inches tall, wearing a gray cardigan, blue ski mask and dark jeans, indicated to employees that he had a weapon, but kept his hand under his sweater during the robbery.
The man left the store on foot.
As of last Friday, Browning reported that the sheriff’s office is continuing its investigation and is looking into the possibility that last week’s robberies are related incidents.
Individuals who may have information in regard to any of these incidents are encouraged to contact the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office via their anonymous tip line at (740) 446-6555.