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Boy robs CVS, leads police on chase

Courtney Astolfi • Apr 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

A young Sandusky boy is facing felony charges for allegedly swiping a cellphone out of a clerk’s hand Tuesday and swinging an ice scraper at her as he made a getaway.

The 11-year-old Hancock Street boy was charged with robbery, a second-degree felony; tampering with evidence; a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor theft and obstruction.

The boy strolled into CVS on East Monroe Street at about 7 p.m. Tuesday and began browsing the aisles, according to a Sandusky police report.

The lone clerk on duty offered to help him, but the boy declined and asked if any other employees were working at the time. The boy justified his peculiar question by claiming his cousin worked at the store, saying he was curious if the cousin was around.

Their conversation ended after the clerk told him no one by that name worked at the store.    The boy went back to browsing, then grabbed a combination ice scraper-snow brush. He eventually approached the counter with the object in hand, the report said.

He then began eyeing an LG Optimus prepaid phone behind the counter, asking the clerk about its price and other details. The clerk pulled out the phone and held onto it as the boy took a closer look. He asked if she could remove it from the packaging, but the clerk refused.

After a few more questions, the child snatched the package from the clerk’s hands. When the woman tried to grab it back, the boy began swinging the ice scraper at her in an attempt to keep her away, the report said, although the swings did not connect with the target. Still, the boy continued brandishing the scraper and swinging it wildly at the woman.

“Get out the way, (expletive)” the boy said as he fled from the store, according to the report.

Officers dispatched to the scene soon spotted the boy running south on Sycamore Line near Reese Street, the report said. He darted between two homes and continued running out of sight. Officers spotted him again in the 1900 block of Perry St., but were unable to catch up to him.

Police then established a perimeter, finally cornering the child in the backyard of a Sycamore Line home. He was cuffed without incident.

Officers located a second cellphone in his pocket. At the police station, the boy told officers he stole that phone as well.

As for the CVS phone, the boy said he hid it during the chase and he plans to retrieve it once he’s released from the detention home.

Officers scoured the area but were unable to find the phone, the report said. Juvenile prosecutors authorized the boy’s charges and he was taken to the Erie County Detention Home.

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