MEIGS COUNTY — Another area gas station has been robbed following a string of similar robberies over the past few weeks.
The 124 Mart at the corner of Ohio 124 and Ohio 7 was robbed shortly after midnight (the station closes at midnight) on Tuesday morning by a while male.
According to Meigs County Sheriff Robert E. Beegle, two people were waiting outside after closing time for the employee. The subject used these acquaintances of the employee to get the door unlocked and rob the gas station.
The subject is described as being approximately 5’8” tall, wearing a mask and carrying a gun. The subject fled on foot.
The suspect in the recent robberies at the TNT Pitstop in Chester and the J-Mart in Millwood, W.Va., is also believed to be of a similar height as the suspect in the 124 Mart robbery on Tuesday.
The string of recent armed robberies began in Mason, W.Va., on March 26. The Par Mar Convenience Store on Second Street was robbed near closing time by an armed man wearing a ski mask and dark clothing.
The second robbery occurred on March 30 at the TNT Pitstop on Ohio 124 in Syracuse, Ohio. At closing time, an armed subject described as a white male, six foot tall and weighing 175 pounds, entered the gas station demanding cash. The suspect was wearing dark clothes and a black mask.
On April 2, the TNT Pitstop in Chester, Ohio, was robbed with an undisclosed amount of cash taken.
The fourth area robbery occurred on April 3 at the J-Mart in Millwood, W.Va., on Point Pleasant Road. The suspect was described as wearing a dark hoodie and possibly blue jeans, with a toboggan pulled down to his eyebrows and a blue bandanna covering from his nose down.
The suspect in the Chester and Millwood robberies is believed to be shorter than the subject in the first two robberies, leading Meigs County Sheriff Robert Beegle to believe that it may not be connected to the ones in Syracuse and Mason.
All five area robberies have involved a similar gun, with the suspect fleeing on foot, and have occurred shortly before or after closing time at the respective gas stations.
A robbery at the Guysville Marathon Station on U.S. 50 in Athens County over the Easter weekend is not believed to be connected, as a shot gun was reportedly used in the robbery instead of a hand gun.
Anyone noticing suspicious activity is asked to call local law enforcement officials immediately.
Anyone with information concerning any of the robberies is asked to contact the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 992-3371, the Mason Police Department at (304) 773-5201 or the Jackson County, W.Va., Sheriff’s Office at (304) 373-2290.