Armed Robbery Of Love’s Travel Stop Leads To High Speed Police Pursuit
Bellville, Ohio – A Love’s Travel Stop in Bellville, Ohio was robbed at gunpoint at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday morning. A release from the Bellville Police Department (BPD) says a single white male entered the store in the early morning hours on Sunday and demanded the cash drawer. He then brandished a firearm. He did not discharge his firearm.
After the cashier gave him the cash drawer the thief fled the scene in a Dodge truck, along with a passenger, at a high rate of speed according to the release. An officer with the BPD, having no knowledge of the armed robbery that just took place, witnessed the truck speeding away. A short pursuit ensued. According to officials, it was during the pursuit the officer was made aware that an armed robbery had just occurred.
The driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle during the pursuit and crashed along the side of road just north of Vanderbilt Road. The driver then exited the vehicle and fled on foot into a nearby wooded area. The passenger surrendered to authorities on the spot. A search of the area was then conducted by BPD officers and assisted by numerous other surrounding area law enforcement departments including the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
At approximately 8:50 a.m. local time police received a tip by phone that a “suspicious male was on Orchard Park Road,” not far from where the truck crashed. Officers confronted the suspect and took him into custody without a struggle. According to authorities, evidence at the scene of the crash connected the assailants to the armed robbery at Love’s.
Bryant N. Burchett, 29, and Brent A. Denny, 34, were both arrested and charged with Aggravated Armed Robbery. The case has been forwarded to the Richland County Prosecutors Office where additional charges may be filed.
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