Franklin County Sheriff issues alert after several stores targeted by robbery suspect


Three west side businesses, all robbed in the last week. Now detectives think they're looking for just one suspect.

Surveillance pictures from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office show the robber. It looks like the same person in all three robberies. He is dressed in dark clothes with a mask covering his face and his hood up.

The first robbery happened at the Papa John's at Sullivant and Wedgewood Saturday night. Police say the suspect approached employees after closing, outside the store and forced them back inside.

He had a gun and used zip ties to bind the employee's arms, then robbed the shop.

Sunday morning around 4 a.m., the robber walked in Sports and Spirits after it had closed and attempted to rob the only employee left.

He had a gun and used zip ties to bind her. She was able to get free and call 911 after the suspect took off.

Then Tuesday, around 12:30 a.m., a second Papa John's location was a target. The last employee locked up for the night and got in her car, the man was in her back seat. It surprised the woman and she crashed the car.

The suspect forced her back into the business, once again using a gun and zip ties.

If you have information on any of these incidents, you’re asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 614-525-3351.