By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
A man robbed the Exxon gas station on Fostoria Avenue at gunpoint Monday morning, the Findlay Police Department reported, marking the third time this month a bandanna-clad suspect has made off with cash from a Findlay business.
Around 6:55 a.m., a white man with a red bandanna covering the lower part of his face entered Exxon, 1831 Fostoria Ave., and demanded money from an employee while “brandishing a handgun,” police said.
The employee started walking to the cash register, but the suspect hit the employee in the face with the gun before he got there, according to police. The employee continued to the register and gave the man an undetermined amount of money from it.
The suspect, described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall and wearing a brown short-sleeve T-shirt and a ball cap, fled west behind nearby apartments, police said.
Hanco EMS treated the employee at the scene for an injury to his mouth and upper lip.
777 Games of Skill internet cafe and CashMax, both on Tiffin Avenue, were also targeted by white men wearing bandannas within the past two weeks.
Police are working to determine whether the crimes were all committed by the same person, Findlay Police Lt. Ryan Doe said Monday.
The suspect in the June 13 theft at the Game of Skills internet cafe, 1016 Tiffin Ave., was described as a 6-foot white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black-and-white skull bandanna, and aviator sunglasses.
In the June 19 robbery of CashMax, 1801 Tiffin Ave., the suspect was described as a white male with an average build, no height given. He wore a bandanna over his face, a white long-sleeved shirt with a black shirt underneath, and blue jeans.
The CashMax and Exxon robberies involved a gun, but the theft from Games of Skill did not, Doe said.
Officers on patrol are “making an effort to be more visible in that area,” he said.