Men held Struthers IGA employees hostage, tried to rob pharmacy

Crimestoppers released these photos of the two men that investigators believe tried to rob Hometown Pharmacy in Struthers.


STRUTHERS, Ohio (WYTV) – Police are looking for two men who they say tried to rob a pharmacy inside the IGA store in Struthers.

The men entered the Nemenz IGA on Creed Street at about 4:15 a.m. Saturday, where they held employees hostage at gunpoint, according to Struthers police.

The suspects ordered workers inside the store, which was closed at the time, into the bakery.

“I believe one of the suspects even made a comment that they were looking for one thing only and told employees if they cooperated, they would not be hurt, “said Detective Jeff Lewis.

The men were wearing masks and gloves at the time, but surveillance video captured images of the robbers.

Workers told police the pair tried to force their way into the Hometown Pharmacy, which is located inside the store but is separated by a heavy steel door and frame.

“The suspects tried prying that door open, which did set off an audible alarm, which is what triggered them to leave when they did,” Lewis said.

Police believe the whole incident lasted less than ten minutes, with the bandits running off empty-handed.

No one in the store was hurt.

Crimestoppers is issuing a reward for information on the men leading to an arrest and conviction.

Those with information on the crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 330-746-CLUE (330-746-2583).

This story is corrected to show that the robbery occurred Saturday morning, not afternoon.