Sunday, May 14, 2000

Robbers hit Oakley, Middletown

By Phillip Pina
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two Tristate businesses were robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning. In each case, employees were forced into closed-off rooms as the robbers got away.

        Middletown police were called to the Check 'N Go store on Elliott Drive at about 9:30 a.m. Employees told police a gunman robbed them, then locked them in a bathroom.

        No one was injured, police said.

        The robber got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

        At about the same time, in Cincinnati's Oakley neighborhood, an armed robber hit the Taco Casa restaurant on Paxton Avenue. According to investigators, workers preparing the restaurant to open were robbed and forced into freezer.

        A worker was wiping down tables outside the restaurant when the robber approached wearing a green towel over his face and carrying a revolver. The man ordered the workers into a freezer before walking away with cash from the store, police said.

        The freezer door didn't lock, so employees came out when they thought the robber had left and called for help, police said. There were no injuries.

        Police in both cities were still searching for the robbers Saturday afternoon. Cincinnati police said several store robberies have been reported in the Oakley neighborhood the past few months. But Saturday's differed; most of the previous robberies were at night.


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