In the past week, including two overnight, at least seven robberies where the suspect first asks for change or pretends to buy a snack and then steals cash from the register have been reported to Toledo police.
Six of the seven incidents were reported by West Toledo businesses; another was reported on South Byrne Road in South Toledo. No injuries have been reported in any of the incidents and no clerks have reported seeing a weapon.
The most recent robbery was reported at White Tower Restaurant, a 24-hour restaurant at 1515 W. Sylvania Ave. According to police, a man went into the restaurant at 1:10 a.m. today and asked for change. When the clerk opened the register, the suspect grabbed cash from the drawer and then fled.
Hours earlier, at 9:15 p.m. Monday, a similar incident was reported at Monroe Pharmacy, 4122 Monroe St. Police said a man went into the pharmacy and walked around the store until customers left. When the store was empty, the man went to the register and asked the clerk to make change for a dollar so he could use a pay phone. When the register was opened, the man grabbed cash and fled. The pharmacist chased the suspect until he lost sight of the suspect near Bellevue.
The suspect in the Monroe Pharmacy incident was described as white, and about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt with blue sleeves and an orange number on the back, green shorts, and a red and blue hat.
On Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., a robbery with the same schematic was reported at Stop ‘N Go, 2345 W. Laskey Rd. According to a police incident report, a man went into the store and asked a clerk for change. When the clerk opened the register, the suspect grabbed money. The clerk tried to pin down the suspect‘s arms, but he was still able to grab cash and then fled. In that instance, police described the suspect as white, in his 30s, with tanned skin, brown hair, blue eyes, and “some light facial hair.” He was last seen wearing a red hat, red shirt, and blue shorts.
Saturday at 5:36 p.m., a man went into Rite Aid, 3911 Secor Rd., and asked the clerk to make change for a quarter. When the clerk opened the register, the suspect grabbed the cash; the suspect then fled. Only a few hours earlier, at 2:30 p.m., a similar robbery was reported at In & Out Mart, 5830 Douglas Rd.
On Friday, a man pulled a similar heist at the In & Out at 2125 S. Byrne Rd., at 11:20 a.m. The first incident that police have noticed in the apparent crime pattern was reported at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at In & Out Mart, 2710 Tremainsville Rd.
Police ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111.