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Cash award being offered for Dec. robbery

Courtesy of Ohio State Police

About a month after a robbery in a campus building, Ohio State Police have released a suspect sketch for the Dec. 6 robbery.

Following the robbery, University police sent out a Buckeye Alert to all students, parents and affiliates enrolled in the system.

At 3:38 p.m., a male with a handgun entered the basement of the campus building located at 33 W. 11th Ave. The suspect then robbed a male victim at gunpoint, University police Capt. David Rose said. The suspect has not been found.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30s and is 6-feet-1-inch tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black hoodie, baggy pants and shredded Converse shoes, Rose said. He was also wearing a toboggan-style hat and has a gold tooth.

According to the police report, $40 in cash was stolen at gunpoint from the victim. Rose said no injuries were reported.

The building houses OSU’s Office of Legal Affairs, Office of Student Affairs, Student Housing Legal Clinic and Student Judicial Affairs.

Rose said anyone with information regarding the suspect is encouraged to call the OSU police at 614-292-2121, Rose said.

University Area Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $500 for any information leading to the arrest. Students can call 247-8477 to provide information to Crime Stoppers. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous.

Since November, University police have issued six Timely Warnings, which are different warnings than the Buckeye Alerts, to students, faculty and staff, alerting them of armed robberies in the area.

December’s alert was the first Buckeye Alert issued since the emergency alert text messaging system was updated in October. There have been no Timely Warnings sent by University police since the Dec. 14 warning sent regarding the robbery at the campus-area Donatos Pizza.

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