ELYRIA – An assistant manager at a BP gas station in Amherst and a friend are being blamed for breaking into the BP station in Elyria, police said.
Bryon Alloway, 30, of Elyria, and Dustin Jones, 23, were charged with breaking and entering and theft on Monday after two BP gas stations – in Elyria and Amherst – were broken into overnight. The charges relate to the Elyria store, as no charges have been filed in connection with the Amherst one.
The first call came in at about 6 a.m. Monday when Alloway opened the BP Gas Station on 801 N. Leavitt Road, where he worked as an assistant manager. Alloway told police he came in to the gas station to find cigarettes and a significant amount of money missing. Police found no sign of forced entry, according to Amherst Police Lt. Dan Makruski.
While Alloway was meeting with police in Amherst, a store manager at the BP on 402 E. Bridge St. in Elyria was opening her store to find a similar scene.
Kathy Costello, a manager at the Elyria gas station, told police she arrived at work a little before 6 a.m. and found money and cigarettes missing, along with a key to the safe. Elyria police found no sign of forced entry at the gas station but did note the similarities between the Amherst and Elyria incidents.
Alloway was brought in for questioning. Though he initially denied being involved, officers found parts of the interview with Alloway suspicious, according to police.
“There were pretty apparent inconsistencies in his stories,” Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said.
Alloway finally confessed to the break-in at the Elyria station, saying that he had help from Jones.
“He has keys, knows codes, knows the operation of how things work,” Costantino said, adding that Alloway was planning on telling police the store keys had been stolen before he confessed.
Both men were taken to the Lorain County Jail where they were each being held on $5,000 bond on Tuesday.