Police were searching for an armed thief who hit two stores in different parts of Columbus Wednesday morning.
Officers say the suspect, Jason Ladwig, was wearing a Tim Hortons uniform when he robbed a UDF at Sunbury and Morse Roads in northeast Columbus around 5:20 a.m.
Investigators believe Ladwig, 37, then drove to a Whitehall Walmart on East Main Street and robbed that store.
The employee at that location told 10TV that she almost passed out.
“I screamed, and I'm still a wreck right now,” said clerk Floree Smith.
Smith said she recognized Lagwig’s description from early morning news reports on 10TV about the UDF robbery. She said when he approached her register with a candy bar - she knew what was going to happen.
"I stepped back and he grabbed the money, and I stepped back and said 'Get him, he robbed me,’” said Smith. “I never in my life want to experience anything like this in my life again.”
Other Whitehall Walmart employees tried to help. Smith’s manager wrote down Lagwig’s license plate number.
Witnesses at both locations told police the suspect implied that he had a gun and took off in a silver 2004 Chevy Malibu.
Officers confirmed that Lagwig wore his work uniform. The Tim Hortons logo was one of the first things witnesses described.
Police issued a warrant for Ladwig on Wednesday morning.
Witnesses described seeing a woman in the passenger seat of the getaway car. Officers say the Malibu has the license plate EQG-2673.
If you see Lagwig or the car, you are asked to call police.
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