Check-cash robber took store's security VCR

PERKINS TWP. The man who robbed a payday lending store at gunpoint Wednesday also stole the store's
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PERKINS TWP.

The man who robbed a payday lending store at gunpoint Wednesday also stole the store's VCR, swiping any chance police had to obtain a security camera photo of the suspect or video of the crime.

The robber was described as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 145 pounds, Lt. A. L. Matthews said.

The man entered Check Into Cash, 5500 Milan Road, just after 1 p.m. and demanded cash. The man, armed with a handgun, tied up a female store employee before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"We're looking at a bunch of leads," Matthews said.

That includes tracking down local individuals who've engaged in the same type of crime to see what they might know about the robbery, Matthews said.

Stealing the VCR indicates to police the suspect is likely experienced in executing armed robberies.

Police did not say if the man acted alone. Nobody saw any type of getaway vehicle, Matthews said.

Police canvassed the area near the robbery in hopes of tracking down a possible witness.

"We combed the area and talked to people, and nobody saw anything," Matthews said.

Check Into Cash re-opened for business Thursday. A store employee declined comment when asked about the robbery.

Check Into Cash is a payday lending institution. Clients are given short-term loans that must be repaid within a short time frame.

The suspect never threatened the Check Into Cash employee, but tied her hands together, Matthews said.

"He just asked for money. There were no threats involved," Matthews said.