Police: Man steals money by pretending to help elderly woman

Suspect in Speedway gas station robbery. (Crime Stoppers)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Police are looking for a suspect that robbed an elderly woman at a Speedway on the west side of Columbus.

Police said on May 3, 2018, just before 11 a.m. a man pretended to help the woman by carrying her groceries as she was leaving the Speedway gas station in the 3600 block of West Broad Street.

The woman had just cashed in her social security check for $4,000 and pulled out the large sum of money as she was paying for her purchases.

As the suspect was carrying the victim’s case of soda and cigarettes, he pretended to drop a carton of the cigarettes on the ground. The suspect then reached into the victim’s jacket pocket, snatched the money and said, "I gotta have that."

Investigators say the suspect then got into a gray car driven by a black woman and they drove off the lot. The elderly woman was so shaken by the robbery that an ambulance was called because she thought she was having a heart attack.

The suspect is described as a black man between 25 to 35 years old, 6’0, 180 pounds with black braided hair. Witnesses said he was wearing black pants, a black shirt, and a ball cap.

If you have any information please call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477), you could earn a cash reward.