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Sat, Mar 25, 2017

Clerk thwarts gas station robbery in city

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The suspect pictured in these surveillance photos from the local Duke and Duchess appears to match the suspect in a Columbus gas station robbery early Friday morning. (Photos courtesy of the Circleville Police Department)

CIRCLEVILLE - A clerk at the Duke and Duchess gas station on East Main Street thwarted an armed robbery with a baseball bat early Thursday morning, according to the Circleville Police Department.

Detectives have identified a person of interest in the case, which remains under investigation.

According to reports, the man pictured in surveillance photos entered the store about 12:19 a.m. Thursday and threatened the clerk with a gun, demanding money.

The clerk asked the man to show the gun, and he reportedly pulled out a pocket knife instead. The clerk then grabbed a baseball bat and chased the man from the store.

No injuries were reported.

The suspect pictured in the store's surveillance photos appears to match the suspect from a gas station robbery early Friday morning in Columbus reported by WBNS-10TV.

According to Sgt. Bob Chapman, city police are coordinating their efforts with the Columbus Police Department as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information on the suspect or the incident is urged to contact Detective Tom Royster at 740-474-8888.

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