Investigators said that a recent restaurant robbery could be the tip of the iceberg for a man arrested in connection with the crime.
James H. Smith is charged in connection with robbing the Red Robin restaurant, located on Morse Crossing at Easton.
According to information presented in court on Friday, Smith, 31, confronted two members of the cleaning crew with a handgun and forced his way into the restaurant through an open door.
Smith faces aggravated robbery charges and was being held in jail on $500,000 bond.
Reynoldsburg police said a man broke into an O’Charley’s restaurant in Reynoldsburg at approximately 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, the day before the Red Robbins robbery.
Two contract workers for the O’Charley’s said that an armed masked man forced them inside the restaurant. The workers said the thief did not break into the safe and only took $50 in cash from the worker’s wallet.
Reynoldsburg police said that they recognized a pattern. They said more than a dozen similar early-morning armed robberies have been reported in central Ohio since February.
Prosecutors said in court, on Friday, that Smith is a suspect in a series of robberies.
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