Cliff's robbed at gunpoint

SANDUSKY A man armed with a handgun entered Cliff's Carryout, 809 Pierce St., just before 10 p.m. Mo
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



A man armed with a handgun entered Cliff's Carryout, 809 Pierce St., just before 10 p.m. Monday and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber is described as a black man in his late teens. Hecovered his face with a blackbandana and was wearing a white skull cap, white T-shirt and blue jeans, police said.

A search for the robber by police and a police dog was unsuccessful.

Police did recover someevidence but declined to say what it was.

The armed robbery is the latest of several in recent weeks inSandusky. A Subway and Dollar General were also robbed atgunpoint within the last two months. Police arrested Paul Jackson, 47, Sandusky, in connection with those robberies and have also named him in the recent robberies of a video store and motel.

On June 17, the Howard Johnson Express Inn on Cleveland Road was robbed at gunpoint. Two arrests have been made in connection with that robbery. One of the men arrested in connection with the crime, Jeremiah Jackson, 29, Cleveland, is accused of killing Cleveland resident Tracy Pickryl a day after allegedly participating in the robbery of the Sandusky hotel.

Sandusky police Det. Sgt. John Orzech said Tuesday there has been an increase in armedrobberies in recent weeks.

"From what I've seen in the last 12 years, it seems more than normal," Orzech said. "The amount of guns out there is alarming to us. I don't think it is special to Sandusky. It's what's happening in the country right now."

Orzech said he doesn't believe the recession is responsible for the increase in local robberies,however, because the people arrested in the most recent robberies already had criminal records.

The suspect in Monday's Cliff's Carryout robbery entered the store through the drive-through. It was the second time Cliff's has been robbed at gunpoint in less than a year. In November 2008, a suspect fired a shot inside the store before fleeing.

No arrests have been made in that robbery.

"I know the family (at Cliff's) is frustrated," Orzech said. "We'll use all our resources to find this guy."

Attempts to reach the owners were unsuccessful, and a clerk at the store declined comment.