Hubbard Twp. robbery suspect returns cash

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) – A remorseful robber returned almost all the money he stole from a hold-up at a Hubbard Township Flying J convenience store on Saturday.

But that doesn’t mean he isn’t still facing serious charges.

Police said the suspect pulled out his handgun from his waistband and ordered the clerk to empty the cash register.

“Prior to exiting the store, he had the employees lay on the ground and wanted them to count to one hundred and the left the store and left in an unknown type of vehicle,” Hubbard Police Chief Todd Coonce said.

Employees received a call Sunday morning from a man claiming that he returned the borrowed money he took and even told them where to look.

But police did not have to look far for the cash.

The suspect was concerned that someone else would find the money first. Police found all but about $150 exactly where the robber said it would be, inside a garbage can at the back of the Flying J’s parking lot.

Coonce said this is a first for him.

“Well, in my 33 years, it’s the first time that I have experienced that, so very interesting as to why it was returned, and hopefully we can find out someday why that is,” Coonce said.

In a statement from Pilot Flying J, communications manager Anne LeZotte said:

“A robbery took place at the Flying J Travel Plaza in Hubbard, Ohio, on Nov. 29, and the company is thankful that no one was hurt in the commission of this crime. Pilot Flying J is cooperating fully with the authorities, and any inquiries related to an open police investigation should be directed to the proper officials.  The safety and privacy of our customers and employees are top priorities at Pilot Flying J.”

If you recognize the man in the surveillance pictures, you can contact Hubbard Township Police at (330) 534-8477.

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