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Suspect arrested in attempted robbery of Wellsville gas station

Updated: Tuesday, March 18 2014, 06:47 PM EDT

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Police have arrested a man they think attempted to rob a local gas station.
It happened Sunday morning at ‘For Your Convenience’ gas station in Wellsville when a man attempted to rob the business.
Police say the owner of the gas station was preparing to open his store at 8 a.m. when he noticed an unfamiliar man pacing outside, waiting for him to open. Police say the man then walked in with a mask on and a crowbar and tried to rob the place with little success. He got away, but police caught up to him Monday.
“We got a lead from some people and they told us and we checked it out went to the place where we thought he was at and we apprehended him and he went right out the back door when we knocked on the front door and we apprehended him,” Wellsville Police Lt. Edward Wilson said.
Police arrested the man on 149 Independent Square and now some residents in the area say they feel the robberies are due to a major drug problem in the area.
“I feel that it's all because of the drug traffic in this town,” resident Brian Kessel said. “I feel that it's at epidemic proportions, the crime that comes with it and we have a very hard-working police department and we also have help from the drug county task force, and their doing all they can to curb it however, they just can't keep up with it.”
Police said the man is in Columbiana County Jail facing charges that include aggravated robbery, criminal trespass and several more.
 

Suspect arrested in attempted robbery of Wellsville gas station


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