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Armed robbery arrest made

June 5, 2012
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - Jeremy Starr, 29, of 340 Springdale Ave. was arrested by Village Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department on Monday in connection with two armed robberies.

Village Police Chief Ed Laman said police Capt. Lou Vandeborne interviewed Starr Monday at the county jail and obtained a statement about Starr robbing the Dollar General on Canton Road on Sunday.

The sheriff's department was called about an armed robbery at 7 p.m. Monday at Jack's Sunshine Shop, 206 Springdale Ave., Wintersville.

A worker said a man walked into the tanning business, showed a gun and demanded money. The worker yelled for a co-worker. A deputy reported the robber yelled for the money or he would shoot everyone. A worker opened the cash register and started pulling out cash, when the robber reached into the register and took about $230, a deputy reported.

While the sheriff's department was investigating, Wintersville Police talked to individuals who stated it was Starr who committed the robberies, Laman said.

The sheriff's department and Wintersville Police went to Starr's home, where he allowed them to search the residence. A toy gun was found inside, which Starr admitted to using in the two robberies, a deputy reported.

Starr told the deputies and Wintersville officers that he bought heroin with the cash taken in the robberies.

Laman said it was the information obtained from individuals by his officers that led to Starr being named as a suspect.

The workers at the tanning business were shown a photograph lineup and identified Starr as the robber, the sheriff's department reported.

Sheriff Fred Abdalla said, "I'm glad we got him. Someone could have been hurt. Even though it was a toy gun, someone else could have shot him. The sheriff's department and Wintersville Police did a great job. It was good police work."

Starr was being held at the county jail without bond.

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