April 25, 2013
Misty Volaski, email@example.com
Just before closing time Sunday, a man entered Starr Market in downtown Ojai and pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money, according to Ojai Police department officials.
Police said the employee “led the suspect to the business safe where the suspect took money and fled the area.”
Officers received a call alerting them to the robbery around 9:30 p.m., but by the time they arrived, the suspect had fled. Despite a search of the area — which included a K-9 unit — the suspect was not located.
The employee, who was uninjured, described the suspect as a 6-foot one-inch male weighing between 180 to 200 pounds wearing a black sweatshirt and dark pants. It is unknown how much money was allegedly taken or whether there were other employees in the store at the time of the robbery.
Terry Starr, owner of the grocery store, refused to comment other than to say, “We did get robbed. They took some money and that’s it.”
This was the first Ojai-area armed robbery since November 2012, when a man with a handgun approached a woman at an ATM on Thanksgiving night and demanded she give him the money she had just withdrawn.
That suspect, described as a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 9 inches, is also still at-large.
Ojai detectives and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Unit are investigating the Starr Market robbery.
Anyone with any information on either incident is urged to call the Ojai Police Department at 646-1414.