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Norwalk Police: Robbery suspect caught with 'good sum' of cash

Jessica Cuffman • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Jackson, 52, of Monroeville, is the primary suspect in two robberies in 48 hours — one at Firelands Federal Credit Union in Monroeville and a second at a Norwalk gas station.

[Listen to the 911 calls made from East Side Fuel after the robbery by clicking the player to the right.]

Jackson, an ex-con, is now once again behind bars at the Huron County jail on a single aggravated robbery charge and a probation holder. Additional charges are pending.

Jackson was released from prison just more than a year ago after serving more than 15 years for a similar spree of Huron County robberies in 1997.

He appeared to stay out of trouble after his release from Lorain Correctional Institution last February, until Monroeville police pegged him as a suspect in a bank robbery at Firelands Federal Credit Union on Saturday morning.

Jackson surfaced again Monday morning when he allegedly went into the East Side Fuel in Norwalk, at the intersection of Old State and East Cleveland roads.

Police declined to describe details of the robbery, but said Jackson had a gun. He made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and headed north toward Milan.

Norwalk police officers scoured the area, putting out calls to residents and other local law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Jackson in his green Ford Ranger.

Police tracked his cell phone signal to the Cleveland area late Monday night, and from the signal police could tell he was headed back west.

"From the pinging of his phone, we could tell he was headed back this direction from the Cleveland area," Norwalk police Capt. Mike Conney said. "They knew he was potentially coming back this way."

In the end, Oberlin police, the FBI, U.S. Marshals, Norwalk police and others caught up with him at a gas station at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Ohio 58.

Officers transported him to the Norwalk police station where he was held until police detectives finished interviewing him Tuesday morning.

Then officers moved on to searching Jackson's Ford Ranger, which they obtained a warrant for Tuesday.

"At the time of the stop, they did find he was in possession of what I would consider to be a good sum of cash," Conney said. "There's been more recovered from the vehicle."

Officers considered using a bank machine to total up what they recovered, but in the end decided to count it by hand.

"I wouldn't even want to guess how much it is," Conney said.

For additional information on Jackson's case and what happens next, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register.

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