Police seeking suspect in armed robbery

Thief nets $4,700, reportedly holds employee at gunpoint

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Twinsburg -- No arrests have been made in a March 6 armed robbery that occurred at a cash advance store near Twinsburg Township Square, during which police say the suspect, at right, made out with more than $4,700.

A lone female employee working at Advance America at 9065 Darrow Road was not injured in the robbery.

"We've given the information to Crime Stoppers, and we hope to have the [still photograph] distributed there," Police Chief Chris Noga said March 8. The still photograph of the suspect was taken from Advance America's video security system.

"Someone has to know this guy," Noga said.

Police continue to search for "a black male in his late 20's or early 30's, tall and slender, wearing a black hat, a black sweatshirt-type jacket, a gray scarf and gray pants," the lone suspect police believe was involved in the robbery. Police reports say the man was about 6-feet tall and about 200 pounds.

The suspect brandished a silver and black semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the employee during the crime, according to police reports, though police are not divulging a specific type of handgun.

According to police reports, the suspect had the female employee open a safe and a cabinet that contained a lock box of money in the back of the store, as well as three cash drawers at the front of the store.

The suspect reportedly then forced the employee to lie on the floor as he exited. The employee called her district manager after she heard the door close, and the manager advised her to call 911, reports state.

Responding officers canvassed the area following the 5:58 p.m. call from the Advance America employee and no suspects were found, Sgt. Tom Mason said. A K-9 unit from Solon led officers from Advance America southeast on Ravenna Road, ultimately losing the scent in the parking lot of the Blue Top Motel.

"He left on foot, but he had to have had a vehicle nearby," Noga said.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect should call the Twinsburg Police Department at 330-425-1234 and the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

The case remains under investigation.

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