Police seek suspect in station theft

PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg Police Department is continuing investigations into thefts.

Wednesday afternoon at a north end convenience store/gas station an undisclosed amount of money was stolen from the cash register, police said. Also, two thefts of automated teller machines and the armed robbery at a store have been reported recently.

Parkersburg Police Department detectives are searching for a masked man who allegedly robbed the Clark gas station at the corner of Emerson Avenue and 36th Street around 4 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.

Earlier this week, police investigated the theft of an automated teller machine from a south Parkersburg convenience store. Officers were sent to the BP Station at West Virginia 95 and Rayon Drive Tuesday after an intrusion alarm activated. Officers observed the front doors of the business were destroyed and the ATM machine was missing.

On Jan. 31, police were called to the Certified gas station at 1607 Dupont Road after thieves broke in, leaving with an ATM full of cash, officials said.

Officers have responded to robberies taking place in the day, while the gas station ATMs were taken around 1-2 a.m. and police were dispatched to the scenes after intrusion alarms were activated. The circumstances of stealing the ATMs were the same in both cases, police said.

“Both ATM thefts are believed to be linked to the same suspects at this time,” Sgt. Greg Collins said.

Collins said investigators believe vehicles drove by the scene while the crimes were in progress.

On Feb. 1, Parkersburg police were called to Peoples News, 3601 Emerson Ave., in reference to an armed robbery. No arrests have been made in this case.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to call the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444. Anonymous tips can be left at www.parkersburgpolice.com.