Wednesday, July 07, 2010


Elyria – Two men entered the Smokers Outlet store on Cleveland Street Saturday afternoon and robbed them of over $2,000.00.

The store clerk told Officers that he was working in the store around 3:20 p.m. stocking shelves and speaking with a customer when the two men entered the store. The clerk said he was knelt down with his back to the door at the time. He said two black males, wearing all black or dark blue clothing with bandanas over their faces, entered and one pointed a black revolver at him and yelled, “Get your fat ass up and give me the money or I’ll shoot you!”

The clerk got up and went to the cash register, emptied it and then also offered up the “overflow cash” that was stored in a cigar box behind the counter. The suspect with the gun then opened the Ohio Lottery register on his own and removed an unknown amount of cash. At this time the clerk ran away from the gunmen toward the backroom and locked himself inside. The two gunmen pointed their guns at the customer as they left the store.

Two witnesses outside said the men ran west toward Hawthorne Street. The two men got into a maroon colored Ford Escape and drove north on Hawthorne.

Nobody was injured during the robbery but Police say that the clerk was very shaken.

Anyone with information about the robbery are asked to call the Elyria Police Department at 440.323.3302.


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