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Teens arrested in robbery attempt

Courtney Astolfi • Dec 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Three masked teenagers were arrested after they tried to rob a Sandusky convenience store early Friday morning, police said.

A 13-year-old Tyler Street boy, a 15-year-old Dixon Drive boy and 16-year-old Third Street boy were each charged with robbery and misdemeanor criminal damaging. Two of the teens — each clad in masks and hooded sweatshirts — approached an exterior window at Circle K on West Washington Street around 6 a.m. Friday, Sandusky police detective Jon Huffman said.

The store locks its doors at night, and employees interact with customers solely through the outside window — it was through that opening the boys demanded money from the clerk, Huffman said.

When the boys approached the window, they reached into their hoodie pockets, making it appear they were holding guns, according to a Sandusky police report.

“Give me the (expletive) money,” one teen allegedly said.

The clerk told the child he couldn’t give him something he did not have, prompting the boy to retreat to the building’s west side, the report said.

Surveillance footage then showed the third boy lobbing a brick at one of the store’s windows before all three fled south on foot, the report said.

When a Sandusky officer later reviewed the security tapes, he recognized one of the boys by his camouflage pants and other distinctive clothing items, Huffman said.

Officers spoke with the child’s parents, which soon led them to other addresses the boys were known to frequent, Huffman said.

Officers eventually traced the boys to a Decatur Street home. The teens were wearing the same clothing seen on store surveillance, Huffman said.

When detectives questioned the boys late Friday morning, two admitted their involvement in the attempted robbery, but one remained silent, Huffman said.

“They said it was a prank” Huffman said. The boys said they did not think they’d face criminal charges for the incident, Huffman said.

Officers arrested all three and took them to the Erie County Detention Home.

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