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Elyria police seek Storage Zone robber

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    Elyria police say this man stole a cashbox from Storage Zone.


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    Elyria police say this van was used by a suspected robber at the Storage Zone.



ELYRIA — A robbery suspect who shoved the clerk at a Leona Street storage business and fled with a cash box Thursday morning is wanted by police.

Elyria Police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino said the suspect, a thin black male believed to be in his 30s, approximately 6 feet tall with short curly hair and wearing blue jeans and a blue sweatshirt, first entered the Storage Zone at 901 Leona St. at about 10:25 a.m. Thursday.

He asked her about prices for storage units, but said he would have to talk to his girlfriend first and left in a maroon or burgundy minivan. The clerk told officers she had noticed the same vehicle pull in, drive around the property and leave at about 10 a.m., Costantino said.

Just after 11 a.m., the man returned, though the clerk didn’t see the car.

“He entered the office and asked to use the restroom, which she let him do,” Costantino said.

When finished, the suspect asked the clerk for another man by name, to which the clerk replied there was no one there by that name. She asked him to go back around to the front of the counter and offered to let the man use the office phone to find the person he was looking for, Costantino said.

The assailant then “grabbed her by the right shoulder, pushed her into the rear room of the office, pushed her to the ground and demanded money,” Costantino said.

The clerk showed the robber where the cashbox was. He took it, grabbed her and pushed her into another office, pushed her to the ground several more times then fled, Costantino said.

Officers found the cashbox on the ground on the west side of the building near the fence line, but could not find the robber.

“We’re asking the public’s help to identify this person,” Costantino said. “Hopefully somebody recognizes him and can forward that information to us.”

Anyone who recognizes the man or the vehicle he was in is asked to call the Elyria Police Department at (440) 323-3302. Callers may remain anonymous.

“We’d certainly like to get this person identified quickly,” Costantino said.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’ Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.

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