ELYRIA — Within days of the crime, police identified and charged an Elyria man with robbery after allegedly assaulting a clerk at storage business last week and stealing the cashbox.
A detective from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office who had filed other charges against 34-year-old Darius Lee Jackson told Elyria police he thought Jackson might be the suspect caught on surveillance cameras robbing the Storage Zone at 901 Leona St. on March 7, Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said.
Jackson, who was in custody at the Lorain County Jail after being arrested on other charges, was identified in a photo lineup and now faces a charge of robbery, a second-degree felony.
Jackson also was wanted on several misdemeanor charges of domestic violence, theft and contempt of court. As of noon Tuesday, he was being held in the Lorain County Jail on $17,000 bond awaiting further court proceedings.
Elyria police said Jackson is believed to have cased the Storage Zone in a maroon minivan the morning of the robbery, first driving around the property at 10 a.m. then returning around 10:25 to ask about rental prices.
Jackson reportedly returned a third time around 11 a.m., used the restroom in the storage office then grabbed and shoved the clerk around, demanding money until she showed him where the cashbox was. After shoving her around some more, he fled with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
Costantino said the surveillance image of the suspect was good enough for the sheriff’s detective to recognize Jackson.
“It’s all about sharing information, getting that information out and getting people to see the picture,” he said.
Along with the pending charges, Jackson was convicted in August 2015 of fourth-degree felony burglary and second-degree misdemeanor criminal damaging and sentenced to two years probation, according to Lorain County Common Pleas Court records. His probation ended in October 2017, records show.