MONTVILLE TWP. — A woman was robbed at gunpoint Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of Buehler’s market.
Montville Township Police Chief Terry Grice said the robber approached the woman as she was leaving the store at 3626 Medina Road (state Route 18), pointed a black semi-automatic pistol at her and demanded her purse.
Witnesses said the robber drove away in a dark green, older model Toyota on Medina Road.
Grice said the woman was unharmed but “definitely shaken up.” She immediately called 911 and reported the robbery at 3:53 p.m.
The robber was described as a black man in his late teens or early 20s, with a goatee. He was wearing black pants and a black hoodie.
Witnesses said a second black man was in the car.
Grice said videos from surveillance cameras of several businesses on both sides of the parking lot are being reviewed by investigators.
“At this point we don’t have any other updates,” Grice said. “We’re actively working the case.”
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Montville Township Police Department at 330-725-8314.
Armed robberies are uncommon in Montville Township, which includes the south-side of the state Route 18 commercial and retail district between the Medina city line, just east of Medina Hospital, and the Interstate 71 interchange.
Grice said the last suspected armed robbery — it’s not certain the robber had a weapon — occurred Jan. 13 at Aldi’s supermarket, 3444 Medina Road, about a third of a mile east of the Buehler’s robbery.
In that case, a man entered the store at closing time, forced the manager to open the register and got away with $1,100.
Grice said the robber did not show a weapon but gave the impression he had one by keeping his hand under his shirt.
Grice said the Aldi’s robbery remains unsolved. The robber, who was last seen running west down state Route 18, was described as white, in his 40s with flushed skin and “pock marks” from chickenpox or acne.
He wore jeans, a blue sweatshirt and a dark baseball cap with a yellow or orange emblem.
Contact David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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