Ex-deli owner sentenced

A former deli owner was the last of three men sentenced to prison for planning and executing a poker game robbery in May 2012.
Jason Werling
Dec 17, 2013
Jason Ahlers, 40, was sentenced last week to seven years in prison for his role in staging the armed heist, Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter said.

Ahlers’ accomplices, Daniel Gibbs, 24, and Jerry Webb, 34, are each already serving prison sentences for their involvement.

About a dozen people were gathered around a backroom poker table May 25, 2012, when two masked men—later found to be Gibbs and Webb— stormed the Cleveland Road room and demanded their money and valuables.

The pair brandished handguns, pistol-whipped one uncooperative player and made off with a total of $30,000 in cash and jewelry.

By June, investigators had charged Gibbs and Webb, but were sure there was more to the story.

In March of this year, a grand jury indicted Ahler for “masterminding” the plot.

“We knew there had to be a connection inside and always suspected it was Ahlers,” Sandusky police detective Gary Wichman said at the time.

Ahlers was a regular at the poker game. He knew who was playing and when they’d be there. According to witnesses, Ahlers even lured away one armed player right before Webb and Gibbs robbed the game.

During interviews with detectives, one of the robbers offered up Ahler’s name as the man behind the scheme.

Ahlers is the former owner of the now out-of-business Cleveland Road deli, The Krunchie Pickle. Four months after the robbery, his restaurant closed up shop, with Ahlers blaming tanking sales as the reason.

Ahlers was initially charged with eight counts of complicity to commit aggravated robbery and one count each of receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence and arson.

In Erie County Common Pleas court judge Tygh Tone’s courtroom last week, Ahlers pleaded guilty to one count complicity to commit aggravated robbery in exchange for the dismissal of his other charges, according to court documents.

Gibbs was sentenced in December 2012 to 13 years in prison in after he was found guilty of aggravated robbery and felonious assault, the documents stated.

Webb was sentenced in August to five years in prison after he was found guilty of aggravated robbery, felonious assault and felony breaking and entering, the documents stated.



So the krunchie pickle is going to prison... Boy are his soon to be new friends going to have a field day with this one.. New meaning to the phrase " say hello to my little friend "

Pioneer Trail Pimp

Obviously you've never seen Jason. Saying hello to your little friend won't have any effect. They'll need at least a footlong weiner to fit in those enormous buns.


I've seen Jason plenty o ... He looks pretty bad with clothes ON !!I will pray for the other inmates who will see him with clothes off.


Well based upon sentences I think we can all figure out who the snitch was. Jerry Webb!


Ohhhhhhh jerry,,, you done did it now.. Prison may be the safest place for you right now.


Roll call pahlease !


Pistol Whipper

I thought the old man was involved in this also ?


What happened to ex Sandusky Firefighter Steve Ahlers, Jasons dad? In the original article he was named as an arrestee also.
Guess the City of Sandusky just lost it's money for the small business loan.


The old man was a problem early in his life, and now his son has learned from him! That nut didn't fall very far from the tree did it?


So Jason goes from the krunchie pickle to having his pickle in a pickle to going to prison, and now having two all beef patties with a special sauce let us say "cheese" his pickle, what smells like onion in someone's sesame seed buns ??

Pioneer Trail Pimp

I bet the boys will love his moobs.