Search continues for three in convenience store theft
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jul 25, 2014 | 772 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
THREE MEN entered a store on APD 40 and took cash. Cleveland Police Department has released this photo of the suspects.
THREE MEN entered a store on APD 40 and took cash. Cleveland Police Department has released this photo of the suspects.
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Investigation continues in the search for three men who entered a local convenience store earlier this week and took an undetermined amount of cash. Hi-Tech Fuel was struck by the perpetrators Wednesday.

According to reports from Cleveland Police Department, detectives have reviewed video security data that shows two of the suspects at the counter speaking with a clerk.

Reports indicated the suspects distracted the clerk while a third person took an undetermined amount of cash from another area of the store.

The three men were believed to have left the store on foot, but it was later determined they may have driven away in a black Ford Mustang.

Deputies with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, officers with Cleveland Police Department and others saturated the area and posted law enforcement officers along major routes along the highways and interstate, in hopes of spotting the suspect’s vehicle.

The incident occurred just before 3 p.m.

At first, 911 dispatchers sent officers toward the scene after the clerk had reported it as a robbery. After investigation progressed, it was determined the clerk had been distracted, allowing the third suspect to take the cash from the store’s office area.

No weapon was ever produced.

Investigation is continuing.

Lt. Robert Harbison of the Criminal Investigations Division said detectives are following up on several current leads.

- A Sheila Drive resident reported the theft of his utility trailer.

James Schmidlin said Tuesday he noticed someone had taken his steel-utility trailer from his driveway during the afternoon or early evening hours.

A chain-link gate had been damaged during the theft, according to the report filed by deputy David Michaels of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle’s identification numbers were obtained and entered in the National Crime Information Center computer database.

Schmidlin valued the trailer at $1,100.