Thursday, September 29, 2011

Up to a $1,000 Reward Offered for Info on Theft from Store

Suspect in theft at Speedway in Pataskala.

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a theft from a gas station in Pataskala.

The Licking County Sheriff's Office reports just after midnight on Sept. 27, a black male suspect entered the Speedway Gas Station near the intersection of Route 310 and I-70. While the store clerk was cleaning up a mess that the suspect had made in the store, the suspect went into the store room and stole 16 cartons of cigarettes valued at almost $900. The suspect then fled to a white truck that pulled up to pick him up. The truck had a cab and what looked like tool boxes on the side of the cab.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888 or 1-888-488-9058 or Detective Jay Cook at the Licking County Sheriff's Office at 740-670-5537. 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.