Sunday, June 05, 2005

Suspects in the Dairy Mart robbery arrested

In today’s Record Courier:

Portage robbery suspects arrested
David O'Brien

By Dave O’Brien

Record-Courier staff writer

Two suspects identified as being connected with the recent robberies of two Portage County convenience stores were arrested Friday, according to Portage County Sheriff Duane Kaley.

On Friday, the sheriff’s office, with cooperation from the Kent Police Department, interviewed and subsequently arrested Ronald Nicholas, 47, of 1959 S.R. 59, in connection with both the May 5 robbery of the Circle K convenience store at 3465 S.R. 59 in Ravenna Township, and the May 20 robbery of the Dairy Mart at 8922 Maple Grove Road in Windham.

The charges against Nicholas are second-degree felonies. A search warrant also was served on Nicholas’ residence Friday, the sheriff said.

Also arrested in c

onnection with the Windham case was Nicholas’ alleged accomplice, Jeffrey Johnson, 42, of 1025 Lady Catherine St. in Streetsboro. Johnson also was charged with robbery, a second-degree felony.

In the Windham case, police retrieved photos from the store’s security camera, showing what were described as two white males entering the store around 11:20 p.m., Windham Police Chief Jack DeSalvo previously said. The suspects allegedly took an undetermined amount of cash from the store’s register, sprayed the clerk in the face with an unknown liquid, then fled.

No other information was available regarding the Ravenna Township case.

Kaley said charges in the Windham case will be filed by Windham police, even though his office made the arrests.

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