Parkersburg man charged in gas station robbery

PARKERSBURG – A Parkersburg man has been arrested in connection with the March 6 robbery of the Clark gas station at 3600 Emerson Ave.

Henry Olan Bullough, 35, of 4400 Lincoln Ave., Parkersburg, was arrested on a felony second-degree robbery charge around 6:30 p.m. Thursday by Parkersburg police detectives following surveillance operations, Sgt. Greg Collins with the Parkersburg Police Department said.

Bullough was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court Thursday night by Magistrate Brenda Marshall and wasn’t given a bond. Marshall said Bullough would not be given a bond until after a hearing in circuit court, which could take from 10 to 20 days.

Bullough will be placed in the North Central Regional Jail, officials said.

Bullough was arrested in the 2500 block of Ninth Avenue, city police said.

According to police reports, Bullough allegedly entered the gas station around 4 p.m. March 6 approaching the clerk and demanding money. According to witnesses, Bullough said he had a gun and was gesturing with his hand under his shirt, police said.

Police said the suspect removed money from the cash register and attempted to get money from the station’s safe.

Bullough allegedly removed the phone from the clerk’s hand as she tried to call for help, officials said.

Collins said detectives have worked numerous days and nights on the case. Police Detective J.M. Stalnaker followed up on an anonymous tip stating the robbery suspect looked like Bullough, Collins said.

Through many hours of investigation and surveillance operations, Stalnaker was able to issue a warrant for the arrest of Bullough, Collins said.

He was processed at police headquarters and placed in the Wood County Holding Center.

Bullough is charged with second-degree robbery, officials said. The amount of money taken remains undisclosed, officials said.

If found guilty, Bullough faces one to 15 years in jail, according to court records.