Warren man charged with Family Dollar, Rite Aid robberies

Robert Johnson, 49, is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and breaking and entering

Robert Johnson, charged with aggravated robbery in Boardman

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Warren man, wanted for two robberies in Youngstown and Boardman, was arrested at his home by the U.S. Marshals Task Force on Tuesday.

Investigators say Robert Johnson robbed Family Dollar in Boardman and Rite Aid in Youngstown. He confessed to the robberies, as well as a breaking and entering at Modarelli Sparkle in Boardman, according to a police report.

A clerk at Family Dollar told police that the suspect tried purchasing items at the store on June 10, but when his credit card was denied, he pointed what was believed to be a gun at her and demanded the money inside the cash register. He then made off with 15 packs of cigarettes, valued at $93, and the other items he tried purchasing.

Police were able to find Johnson by tracking the credit card number used in the attempted purchase as well as a description of the suspect and his vehicle, according to the report.

Johnson was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and one count of breaking and entering. He appeared in Youngstown Municipal Court on Wednesday, and bond was set at $35,000.

He is due in Boardman Court on Thursday for the Family Dollar robbery.

Johnson has been convicted of similar break-ins in the past, including one at the Sparkle Market on South Avenue in March 2015. Johnson was accused of stealing cartons of cigarettes in that case and was sentenced to nine months in jail with credit for time served.

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