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Published: Thursday, 5/26/2011 - Updated: 4 years ago

Toledo police arrest second suspect in string of West Toledo robberies


Toledo police on Thursday morning arrested the second suspect in a string of city robberies.

Richard Kostenbauder, 34, was arrested without incident after police on Wednesday arrested Juan Alvarez, 26, both of Lorain, Ohio, for committing several armed robberies of West Toledo carry-outs this month.

Alvarez was scheduled Thursday morning for arraignment in Toledo Municipal Court and is being held in the Lucas County jail.

Kostenbauder has two outstanding warrants for aggravated robbery, said Sgt. Tim Noble.

A police officer over radio traffic asked for Sergeant Noble, telling him they had Kostenbauder in the back of his cruiser, just before 9:30 a.m.

Police said they believe the two men are the same ones whose images were captured on security cameras in some of the incidents. They include the robberies May 16 and May 18 at the In and Out, 4721 Lewis Ave., the May 18 holdup at Ryan’s Quick Stop, 5330 Telegraph Rd., and the May 21 robbery at The Shed, 5075 Lewis.

Each time, the pair allegedly entered a business, with one displaying a black handgun. They then ordered everybody to lie face-down on the floor, robbed the place of cash, and fled, according to Toledo police Capt. Wes Bombrys.

Toledo police Sgt. Tim Noble said Crime Stopper tips led police to a residence in the 5600 block of Bennett, where Alvarez was taken into custody without incident about 3 p.m. Wednesday. The pair had been staying at this address lately, Sergeant Noble said.

Additional charges may be presented when the case goes to the grand jury, the sergeant said.

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