Armed robbery investigated

BETTSVILLE – Law enforcement officers are looking for a man who allegedly robbed Bettsville’s new Dollar General store at 3949 W. SR 12 Monday morning.

The armed robbery was reported at 11:19 a.m. Monday, according to a Seneca County Sheriff’s Office report.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the suspect, described as a white man who appeared to be in his 30s with dark hair, a scruffy beard and a mustache, entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded cash. The man was wearing blue jeans, a hat, dark sunglasses and a Dale Earnhardt Jr. coat, the release states.

Chief Deputy Ron Green of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect went over the counter, pointed the gun at the clerk and got away with an undetermined amount of cash. The clerk complied and was not injured, he said.

The release states the suspect fled the store in an unknown direction. A vehicle that may have been involved was described as a faded red 1995 or newer Chevrolet pick-up truck with an extended cab. The vehicle may have a gray interior and bed liner, the release states.

Green said it appeared there was a getaway driver, and that they fled south.

The sheriff’s office conducted a search of the area for the suspect and vehicle and was assisted by Bettsville Police Department and State Highway Patrol.

The jacket the suspect was wearing during the robbery was located off the roadway near a woods along CR 31. A deputy also found a polo shirt in a farmer’s lane in the vicinity of where the jacket was found.

Officials did not know if it was related, Green said.

“It’s been collected, just in case,” he said.

The gun had not been recovered by 5 p.m. Monday. Law enforcement did not have any suspects, and Green said he hoped the vehicle and suspect descriptions would produce leads.

Anyone with information about the robbery should call the sheriff’s office at (419) 447-3456.