Friday, May 25, 2012

Up to $1,000 Reward for Info on Blue Raccoon Bar Robbery

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a robbery that happened around closing time at a Newark bar. The Newark Police Department reports three unknown men robbed the Blue Raccoon Bar on W. Church St. at gunpoint around 2:40 a.m. on May 18. The bar owner and two patrons were inside at the time of the robbery.

The suspects got away with cash from the bar and patrons along with some personal items. The suspects are described as black males in their late teens to mid twenties, and are believed to possibly be from the Columbus area. Police detectives are analyzing surveillance video and processing for fingerprints.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888 or 1-888-488-9058. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller but allows for the reward to be issued at a later time.

Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony. Information leading to the arrest and indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers’ Board. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to: Licking County Crime Stoppers, Inc., P.O. Box 304, Newark, OH 43058-0304.