Armed man robs Pat Catan's

Police still searching for suspect who lured store manager into office, stole cash at about 2:30 p.m. today
Alissa Widman Neese
Apr 21, 2013


Police are searching for a man who robbed Pat Catan's this afternoon by luring the craft store's assistant manager into her office and flashing a handgun.

The man entered the Perkins Avenue store at about 2 p.m. today and asked to speak to a manager, Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said. Somehow, conversation led the pair into the office, where the man pulled up his shirt to reveal he had a handgun in his waistband. 

The assistant manager gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash from the store's safe and he casually left the building, heading east, Klamar said. Shortly after, the assistant manager called police.

Pat Catan's closed immediately after the incident. When the Register called at about 4:30 p.m., a man who answered said the store had "no comment" and hung up before any questions could be asked.

Witnesses said the suspect was black, of a slender build, at least 6 feet tall. He was wearing a blue shirt, jeans and a green baseball cap with flames on it. It's currently unknown how old he was or if he left the parking lot in a car or on foot.

Perkins police are reviewing surveillance video from inside the store and working with neighboring businesses to obtain video of the store's parking lot, Klamar said. Footage should be available tomorrow.

Keep checking back for more updates and get the full story in tomorrow's Register.



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Or the end of Remington..




Another black eye for the city. Wondering how much longer this place will be inhabitable.


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It's funny you mention that. I was in there in line to pay for my items and someone came in asking if they carried cigarettes. Got rather upset when he was told they didn't. I thought it was strange at the time but seeing this now I'm wondering if it wasn't related - other than that guy was an older caucasian.


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Oh yeah, vote NO on the Perkins school levy!


Don't see how that's related in anyway - but whatever!


this wouldn't happen if parents know how to raise their kids right



Capt. Ford

Crafty in an undesirable way.


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Maybe the trail will lead to the fine neighborhoods of Searsville, Columbus Park in Perktucky!


Nothing good comes from Sandumpy.


I see you back from acting like a little brat about your play name. Just like another Jerkins resident something happens in jerkins and the first they yell is sandusky. Maybe ill change my name so it will look like yours and then you can throw another fit and go away


I see you back? Must be from Sandumpy.


Where is Searsville?


yeah, What is searsville? a group of houses or what?


Searsville is a neighborhood off of Columbus Ave. just before you get to Bell Ave. if you are going south I think!


going the wrong way for searsville and columbus park.


Witnesses said black and "at least 6ft" tall. Lured the manager to her office. Aint no way I would of went to the office with this dude. I wonder if he looked like the type that wanted to get a good price on building bird houses or something. Just be thankful no one got hurt.


Inside job! Someone knows the system, where the money was!


That was my first thought, too. He went east when he left but they don't know HOW?!! Hmm. And 'shortly after' they called police?! Not IMMEDIATELY after?! Sounds fishy.


I've always thought it was odd that this store has off-duty police officers providing security.


Your all ridiculous! Stop bashing one another. Seen on the news today where a man in Toledo robbed a store yesterday, and fled in a burgundy Grand Prix, don't under estimate the fact that this could be related. This is so what's wrong with our world today! Everyone is always finding the bad points of one another, how about finding something positive! Have a wonderful freaking evening!


Common sense? Unless this guy is a regular, white or black, I'm not taking him back to the office. Period.

J. Hartman

No matter which side of Perkins Ave the person in question resides on(if even from here) both communities need to work as a whole to put a lid on these type of situations. Make yourself more aware of your surroundings, point out something that doesn't seem right or out of place, let the city/township know when street lights are out(darkness hates light), and have the manhood to speak up about criminal activity! "I don't know who the person in my back seat was", just isn't going to fly anymore! Take ownership of your community, get to know your neighbors(if you don't already) This isn't a Perkins or a Sandusky thing. It's a community thing and it needs each individual to do his or her part! Throwing jabs at each other behind a fictitious screen name is easy to do. Actually stating your views, then looking in the mirror and telling that person looking back "Today, I will make a difference!" and then do it! That's more of what WE need! Look, A dream without action is just a fantasy, but your/our actions make reality! What that reality is, depends on the actions of each and every one of US! No one is asking for a super hero, but something as simple as not bashing each other is a good start! If anyone is interested in starting a block watch or at least coming and getting some information, I encourage all of you to show up this Tuesday the 23rd at 6pm at the SFD central station. The Sandusky Crime Prevention Council will be hosting their first public meeting which will center around starting a block watch. If you are unable to attend, please tell a friend or at least support those who are trying to do what they can to make OUR community a better place! Sgt. Snyder, Lt. Frost, and Marshal Ruiz will be our guest speakers. It's not a magic wand, but it's a start! Any positive step forward, no matter how small it might be, is a good thing! If anyone has any questions about S.C.P.C. or Tuesdays meeting, feel free to contact me at 330-221-3090. Light always defeats darkness, we just need more people to turn their lights on. S.M.I.L.E.


Well said J. Lets do it.

J. Hartman

WE will lifetimeresident! One day "When we.." will become "WE did!" Go to the link below and you will see what one of OUR bright young minds sent to me. So, the younger folks do care! S.M.I.L.E.


this does sound a little strange to take a stranger to your office and then wait before you call the police !! just sayin'.


what stupid comments. and it's 'would have' not 'would of'.


Keep the trash north of Perkins Ave. please.


Why are people so afraid to admit that Sandusky is the source of this area's problems? Why be politically correct? We all know the truth so why not admit it?


When you stop sounding like the little girl on the att commercial repeating yourself over and over. Why not admit that you are not telling the truth you only come on here for bs. So all you show is you dont know anything. Student gets caught with drugs at phs didnt happen more and more beginning to look like norwalk . Maybe you and your friend knucklehead can have a party together since all your


A direct result of metro housing which is the entire reason Sandusky is a dump now




To only and Bob - I'm really concerned about your comments here. I was checking to see if there was any updates on the robbery and then curious on comments but both of yours are more frustrating than most. To jump to put the blame on those on "metro" or the fact that there's so much rental property in town I'm sure has nothing to do with the crime rate in town. I'm not stating anything about this particular person but you're both generalizing everyone that might happen to be on "metro" or happen to live in rented property. Not everyone that's on "metro" is a criminal and not everyone that lives in a rental property is bringing down the high standards that were once set. You have to look at the individual. We are all responsible for our actions. And someone else commented that it's how our parents raised us. No you can't even say that. I'm sure that every murderer on death row would like to say it's their parent's fault but most of the time their parents were/are nice normal people who's kids just screwed up. I'm really tired of people commenting that its one part of town that's to blame or it's all a specific economic status that's to blame. Like J. said - we all can help to make things better maybe we all need to. But they can start here too. Go ahead and jump all over me for my comments, I've had people jump on me for my comments before. I don't really care anymore. And before anyone asks, I'll gladly answer. Yes I'm on disability so while not on metro I am on Medicaid and yes I do now live in a apartment. I moved into one a couple years ago.

Julie R.

"A place that is more than 75% rental property is a place with no self pride."

I totally agree ... and it took years to make Sandusky 75% rental. Sort of like the Cleveland housing scandal that the FEDS got dozens of lenders, realtors and title companies for.

Too bad somebody doesn't do a little research and find out WHY there are so many rental properties in Sandusky. I'm willing to bet a good share of those properties (and not the Metro ones, either) were involved in fraud. Not the ones where the buyers went through a bank, who would have required a title search, but the rental properties in which the buyer or buyers did NOT go through a bank.

I'm willing to bet also the fraud can be traced back to attorneys, the former auditor(s) and recorder(s) and the Erie County courts.


what goes around comes around to the manager and their employees they are the worst


It's odd they always seem way more interested in what each other are up to than what the customers are up to.
There has to be more to this story that doesn't add up. Was there some sort of other altercation in the office that kept her from wanting to call right away? Why were't any of the other employees concerned by her letting someone strange into the office in the 1st place? etc...

2cents's picture

Why so quick to blame a local? This guy could have had a car waiting in the parking lot to the east or around back. Sounds a little too pro for druggies over in PT to me.


Which ones thats all thats there.

2cents's picture

This did not make the news here, wonder why?

S w Rand 2016

That Breitbart article is referring to a local news article found at
If you follow this link instead, and scroll down to the comments and hit the "More" button a few times, you will find comments made by "Rlee Emerysgt" and "RLEmery." Those comments list a lot of links to local news site reports on CCW permit holders stopping crimes.

We have to go to local news outlets for that type of thing. Have the national media ever covered a CCW permit holder stopping a shooter?
I wonder if there is a page out there with a massive list of local news links on this topic.

my oh my

Reportedly an inside job still under investigation.


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