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Former deli owner in a pickle

Emil Whitis • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A former deli owner was indicted Tuesday for being the alleged “mastermind” behind a May poker game robbery.

Jason Ahlers, 39, was charged with eight counts of complicity to aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence and arson.

About a dozen people were bellied up to a poker table when two masked men stormed a late-night poker game May 25 on Cleveland Road.

“Hands up, hands up,” t h e suspects shouted while brandishing pistols. “Anybody that moves is going to get killed.”

The robbers demanded they give up the ante.

After pistol-whipping one man who gave them trouble the robbers disappeared into the night with almost $30,000 in cash and jewelry.

By June, Sandusky police had charged and caught the two suspected robbers—Jerry Webb, 33, and Daniel Gibbs, 23, both of Sandusky — but detectives were sure there was more to the story.

“We knew there had to be a connection inside a n d a l way s su sp e c t e d it was ( Jason) Ahlers,” Sandusky police Detective Gary Wichman said. “It just took some time to gather the information and corroborate it.”

Then during interviews one of the robbers cracked and told detectives Jason was the one who set it up, according to police.

Police took that information and ran it by other sources. It all lined up.


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