The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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December 6, 2013

Masked men rob Ashtabula residents

ASHTABULA — Police are again searching for masked men involved in two separate robberies on the westside of the city, police said.

The doorbell rang at 11:44 p.m. Wednesday at 3421 Superior Ave., and when the occupants opened the door, four people wearing hoodies with bandannas covering their faces ran into the apartment.

“They stole the TV off of the wall,” Chief Robert Stell said. “They grabbed a laptop (computer), but they wrestled over it with the owner.”

When faced with resistance, the robbers let go of the laptop and left with the TV.

When police arrived, they described the robbers as a woman and three men, Stell said.

It was one of a rash of robberies in the city of late, Stell said.

Another robbery occurred at 3:14 p.m. Tuesday when two men — one armed with a gun and the other a knife — held up a couple in the 3500 block of Lake Avenue.

 The men demanded money and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, Stell said.

Last week, a woman was robbed at gunpoint in her Glover Drive apartment, according to police reports.

The woman said a tall, thin man with a ski mask knocked on her door. She let him in because it was cold outside so she didn’t think much of the ski mask. But, once inside, he pulled out a gun and demanded money from her.

The woman said she gave him an undisclosed amount of cash and he fled on foot, running toward Michigan Avenue apartments, police said.

Anyone with information about these crimes should call the Ashtabula Police Department at (440) 992-7172. Tips to the police can be anonymous.

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