ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Police are looking for a "youthful" man who escaped with an undetermined amount of money after he allegedly reached over the counter at a city business to pull cash out of an open register.
Police Chief Martin Kendzora said the strong-arm robbery took place at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday at the State Cleaners & Shirt Laundry on East Main Street. The business is only about two blocks from the city police station and the Belmont County Courthouse.
"No weapon was involved, and no one got hurt," he said. "Right now, we have no idea who he (the suspect) is."
Kendzora said the shop attendant had the cash register open when the suspect apparently reached over the counter to grab the money. The man then fled on foot through the side door of the shop toward Newell Avenue.
A description of the suspect, as provided by the shop attendant, notes that he is in his late teens to early 20s, standing roughly 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 150-160 pounds with dark curly hair. At the time, the suspect was wearing dark blue jeans, a dark jacket and a dark knit hat.
Kendzora said robberies are rare in St. Clairsville, especially in the downtown area. Still, he knows his department must be prepared.
"We have not had any for awhile, but the potential is always there," he said.
Anyone who has any information regarding the suspect is asked to call the St. Clairsville Police Department at 740-695-0123.