Man faces charges in three robberies
By Ed Runyan
A Bristolville man is being held without bond in the Trumbull County Jail after his arraignment Thursday on charges that he robbed two Warren pharmacies and a gas station within 16 hours of one another Tuesday and Wednesday.
Innocent pleas were entered for Derek M. Markley, 29, of North Park Avenue Extension in Warren Municipal Court in the Tuesday evening robbery of CVS pharmacy, 620 E, Market St.; and Wednesday morning robberies of Sheetz gas station, 3379 Elm Road NE, and Walgreens, 3390 Elm Road NE.
Warren police arrested Markley just after the third robbery, which occurred at 10:48 a.m. Wednesday at Walgreens. Officers were nearby when the robbery occurred, got a good description of the green Chevrolet four-door vehicle he was driving and a license-plate number, police said.
They found Markley and a woman on Griwsold Street Northeast a short time later. Markley was arrested on Griswold after a short foot chase, said Sgt. Jeff Cole of the Warren Police Department. The woman was questioned but not charged.
A Walgreens employee told police a white male with tattoos on his bald head wearing a red sweat shirt committed the robbery, taking about $350 in cash.
If convicted on the three charges, Markley could get up to 24 years in prison.
At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, a man in his early 30s described as having a bald head and a tattoo on the left side of his face robbed the CVS pharmacy of $139 in cash, police said.
An employee said the man walked through the aisles, then placed a bottle of water on the counter at the front of the store and casually stated he had a gun and to hand over the money in the register, police said.
The clerk didn’t see a weapon but handed over the cash.
The suspect then fled from the store. He was wearing light-colored jeans and ratty tennis shoes, the clerk said.
Officers, including a police dog, were in the area within minutes and searched for the suspect without success. A clear picture of the suspect was obtained from store security.
At 12:19 a.m. Wednesday, five hours later, a white male with a similar description robbed Sheetz just across the street from Walgreens.
A Sheetz employee said a white male picked up a water bottle and brought it to the counter, where he told the clerk, “I have a gun, just empty the register. Hand it all to me. I have a gun.”
The suspect then took the cash and stuffed it into his pocket and walked out the door, getting into a white minivan.