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Bellaire robbery string continues, thieves remain at large
Updated: Tuesday, January 21 2014, 01:51 PM EST
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio --
Bellaire police are seeking the person or people responsible for several armed robberies in the city.
Officials from the Bellaire Police Department confirmed the latest armed robbery happened Monday night near the Mor-For-Less.
Officials said a robber pulled a gun on a juvenile and got away with $3 and a cellphone. As of noon Tuesday, officials were searching for a black man about 5 foot 6 and weighing 245 pounds. He is believed to be driving a black or dark blue four-door car.
The robbery was reported soon after officials told NEWS9 they were investigating another robbery in the city that happened Monday evening. Police Chief Mike Kovalyk said four people wearing ski masks and gloves entered one of the units at the Francis-Wallace Apartment Complex through a back door.
Two women and a baby were inside the apartment at the time, and officials said one of the robbers held a gun to one woman's head. The thieves fled on foot and escaped with a purse and a wallet. Residents told police they saw a dark-colored vehicle a block away on Franklin Street, speeding away from the scene.
Officials said the vehicle described in the Francis-Wallace Apartment Complex robbery is "somewhat similar" to vehicles reported to have been in that same area when two other robberies occurred.
The first was reported to have happened just after 6 p.m. last Thursday near 34th and Noble streets. Officials said a man armed with a box-cutter type utility knife demanded money from a woman.
The second robbery happened after 9 p.m. that same night near 42nd and Noble streets. A juvenile was approached by a man claiming to have a gun and demanding personal items.
Police said another robbery was reported Saturday night after a person was struck by a car along Belmont Street. The driver exited the vehicle, armed with a box cutter, and demanded cash from the victim.
Anyone with information about any of the robberies is asked to call police or the NEWS9 Lauttamus Security Crime Busters Tipline at 800-862-BUST. Tips can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.