DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are looking for one man they believe is behind a string of robberies in Dayton and Kettering. At least 5 business were robbed in the last few days. 3 of the crimes happened Friday afternoon within a span of about 15 minutes.
2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen spoke with the owner of one of those businesses who fought back when the man demanded money.
Bobby Hoblit–the owner of the Sundeck Tanning Salon–says at the time of the robbery his girlfriend was working the counter. That’s when he says a man walked in, bought a ring with a handful of change and then demanded money instead he got something else.
“As soon as Megan my girlfriend opened the drawer he said I don’t want any trouble just give me all the money,” Hoblit said. “At that point my girlfriend’s instincts kicked in and we had a pistol underneath and she grabbed the pistol pointed it right at his face and said I don’t think you’re going to get that money today.”
Dayton Police believe the man who tried to rob the Sundeck Tanning Salon on Patterson Road Friday is the same man who hit this Dairy Queen on Smithville Road 10 minutes before also this Subway on Wilmington Avenue after leaving Sundeck.
Dayton Police Lt. Joe Wiesman says Friday’s 3 robberies are connected 2 others that happened earlier this week.
“We were kind of following up on some leads,” Wiesman said. “He had committed a robbery at a Circle K back on April 5th as well as Rich’s Smoke Shop.”
From those locations they obtained these surveillance photos of the man they believe is behind all five robberies. Lt. Wiesman says at the Subway on Wilmington witnesses caught a glimpse of the man when he left.
“One witness from the Subway robbery that happened today said they saw him come out and jump into a dark green SUV,” Wiesman said. “Possibly a Ford Explorer.”
Hoblit says his girlfriend was a little shaken up, but it wasn’t enough to stop her from protecting their business.
“She was really upset,” Hoblit said. “But she’s not going to give up our money. This is our season. We’re a small family business. This is what we live off of and she’s not going to give that up.”
If you have any information that could help Dayton Police in their search, contact them at (937) 333-2677.