Two men charged in unrelated robberies were arraigned in Toledo Municipal Court today.
Police suspect that Jonathan Reed, 38, of 3025 Glenn, is a serial robber behind a string of grab-and-go robberies primarily in West Toledo. Reed is charged with four counts of robbery, although police said they suspect he was the culprit in at least four others. On the four pending charges, Reed was ordered to remain in the Lucas County jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.
He is charged with the robberies of:
- In & Out Mart, 2125 S. Byrne Rd., on Aug. 22;
- Rite Aid, 5765 Secor Rd., on Aug. 23;
- Stop & Go, 2345 W. Laskey Rd., on Aug. 24;
- Monroe Pharmacy, 4122 Monroe St., on Aug. 25.
In each of the robberies, and four others in which a suspect has not been formally named, a man went into a business and either asked a clerk to make change or approached the register to buy a snack. When the cash drawer was opened, the man reached into the register, took cash, and fled. No weapon was ever seen.
Reed was arrested Saturday, less than 24 hours after a robbery at In & Out Mart, 1619 W. Sylvania Ave., by a man who police said matched Reed's description. In that robbery, the man bought a box of candy, lunged over the counter when the drawer opened, and snatched cash. He struggled briefly with the clerk and then with a customer who tried to intervene. Police said fingerprints left on the candy tie Reed to the case.
Also arraigned today was Bartholemew Phillips, 32; who police report is homeless. Mr. Phillips is charged with robbery for a hold up Monday at Wendy's. Police said a man went into the fast-food restaurant and demanded money from an employee before fleeing.
Mr. Phillips was ordered to remain in the jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.