Boy robs CVS, leads police on chase

11-year-old charged with two felonies
Courtney Astolfi
Apr 10, 2014


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.



You've got a bright future in the penal system Little G !


Where are the Parents. Let me guess, Grandma is raising him! Here is a good case where the parents should serve the sentence! Or are they already in Erie Co., or incarcerated in another fine Ohio establishment. Back in my day, a leather belt would be the deterant!


Oh yeah, because kids that get hit with belts never get into trouble. Eye roll. I can assure you that of all kids in the legal system, more kids get disciplined with corporal punishment than not.


My guess is that the parents were hanging out at two houses near that drive-thru on Hancrack. When I drove down that street earlier in the week, there had to be a group of 30+ people hanging out on porches and in the front yard of a couple houses. God only knows what "activities" were taking place.


Here is the way to get the phone back. DO NOT let him out of the DH until he tells you where he hid the phone, plain and simple.

JMOP's picture

That kid has some kind of weird plan going on in his head. He must of thought of it for a whole week, thinking it would work.

thinkagain's picture

Looks like you were right again!

yea right - “…in case you have not notice this younger generation could care less about family values and religion ..”


"Brandishing" a snowscraper? Establishing a perimeter? Really?? This clerk couldnt have grabbed this "deadly weapon" out of this boys hands?? I cant wait to see this on an episode of scariest police chases LOL what a joke!!


If the clerk would have touched the child, he/she would have probably been arrested and/or sued.


Wow! I have an almost 11 year old boy myself, and let me tell you what, he doesn't even play outside without an adult supervising him!!! Where are this boy's parents???? Sounds like CPS needs to intervene and get his boy into a home with people who will supervise and care about what he is doing and where he is at!!! He is doing this stuff because he can get away with it. I wish my son would!! And people wonder why Sandusky keeps getting worse and worse. It's because alot of kids in this town are raising themselves!!!!

William Jeffers...

If we could go back in time 11 years and allow this child to be born into a loving home with parents who spent a lot of time with him, he would not be in this situation. My son will come home and ask me to play catch. Before reading this article I would have told him it's too windy, now I'll try to teach him to throw a knuckle ball instead.


Well John Dorian. Heaven knows what else he had in his pockets, and he probably did not leave his birth certificate behind. Good job SPD for cornering this little pillar of society , and placing him where he belongs. I too agree to hold him until he coughs up the location of the phone. It amazes me how some people constantly criticize LE and the jobs they do. This little thuglet probably will appear in the police blotter again I'm sure. The only thing that will change is his age, and severity of the charges. I have A 12 year old that would pray the DH never let him come home if he ended up there under the same circumstances. Thank God I don't have to worry about that, because he is a stand up kid that understands discipline. Nuff said.


What a great comment "William Jeffers". It's ironic that you would say that, because my son and I worked on his knuckle ball last night. He is 12 and I am quite certain that he would never even consider taking something that didn't belong to him, and I couldn't imagine him acting or even speaking disrespectful towards a store clerk. I am confident in him because I have made him my number one priority in the world, a simple concept that so many parents these days fail to do. His life is more important to me than my own and I have done everything in my power to make sure that he has been raised to the best of my ability; taught to be responsible, respectful, honest, dependable and caring. I'm certain that I'm not the greatest father in the world but I feel good inside knowing that I've done all that I can to give him the basic skills he needs to become a productive member of our society. I know that there are many parents out there who feel the same way I do and they are raising their children in the same manner as myself, but the problem is that too many people these days don't have the ability or the desire to raise a child in the proper way, due to a multitude of different reasons--way too many to list. It's sad to say but I'm quite sure that this young man is only at the beginning of his path, leading himself into a life of trouble. Would a proper upbringing have prevented this? No one can say for sure, but I'd be willing to bet his chances would have been much greater at succeeding if at some point he had been taught to throw a knuckle ball.....

William Jeffers...

If he were born into your family - this would not have happened because of all the reasons you have stated. Good parents are not perfect - but do put our kids ahead of everything else and spend "time" with them; talking, teaching, playing...etc. I get upset because it's not rocket science here; not income or resource based but rather just "love, time and effort" required to give a child the best chances in life. My son is 11 - the wind died down and we played catch for about 1/2 hour last night - but the knuckle ball lesson was a disaster. lol.


>The 11-year-old Hancock Street boy

Ah, well that explains everything


The PD should've tased him until he said where the phone was.