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UPDATE: Armed robber steals cash from Community Markets (911 call included)

An armed man forced two store clerks to tie themselves up and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from a city grocery store Friday night.

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department received a 911 call about 10:18 p.m. from a clerk at Community Markets, 309 N. Main St., who indicated that the store had been robbed. 

Click here to listen to the 911 call.

Community robbery This screen grab from surveillance video at Community Markets, 309 N. Main St., shows a robbery suspect while the crime was in progress Friday night. PHOTO | BELLEFONTAINE POLICE

The lone perpetrator entered the store about 10 p.m. — around closing time — and displayed a handgun, according to two female clerks in the store at the time. He then forced the women to the back part of the store and made them tie themselves up with clinch ties, before taking the money and exiting from the rear of the building.

One of the employees freed herself and called for help, police said.

According to store officials, the employees did not sustain any injuries as a result of the incident.

The white male suspect, possibly in his 40s, was wearing blue jeans, a Cincinnati Reds baseball cap, black-framed glasses, and a hooded jacket.

During the 911 call, the clerk said the suspect had been in the store a couple weeks prior claiming to have lost his cell phone, which he again claimed Friday night before robbing the business.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man and his whereabouts.  Anyone with information is asked to call police at 599-1010 or 599-TIPS (8477) to make an anonymous report.  

If you see this person, please call 911 and report his location to your local law enforcement agency.

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