Police seeking assistance in locating robbery suspect


GRAFTON—After being called the scene of a robbery on Monday morning, local law enforcement officials are turning to the community for assistance in locating the armed assailant.

According to Grafton Police Chief Robert Beltner, the department responded to Preston-Taylor Community Health Centers, Inc., located at 725 North Pike Street, Grafton, after workers called the Harrison-Taylor 911 Center to report the robbery.

The employees reported that an armed male entered the building and demanded money and prescription drugs, before making his getaway in a dark blue or black, newer model, sedan, heading eastbound on North Pike Street, U.S. RT 50, towards the Blueville intersection.

The suspect is described as being between 50-60 years of age, with black and white, or salt and pepper, short hair. Officers are reporting that the assailant stands between 5’9” to 6’0” tall and weighs approximately 170-190 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and faded blue jeans.

“If you were in the area or have any information on the robbery, please contact the department directly during business,” voiced Beltner. “If you are unable to call during regular business hours, you can call the non-emergency number and a dispatcher will get you in contact with an officer.”

The department holds normal business hours Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Those with information should call 304-265-0101 to file a report. The non-emergency number to call after hours is 304-265-2524.

“The suspect is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached if located,” Beltner voiced. “If you believe you know the location of the suspect, again, do NOT approach him. Instead contact 911 and report any information that would lead to his apprehension.”

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