Tiffin robbery suspect caught

Man arrested in Delaware County; Butt Hut holdup reportedly part of spree that began in Michigan

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Officers Michael McConnell (left) and Molly Coleman of Tiffin Police Department stand outside of Butt Hut of America, 1972 W. Market St., Friday.

A man suspected of being involved in armed robberies in Michigan allegedly robbed Tiffin’s Butt Hut of America at gunpoint Friday morning and was arrested Friday night, according to Tiffin Police Department.

The armed robbery at Butt Hut, 1972 W. Market St., was reported to Tiffin Police Department at 9:53 a.m.

The suspect was described as having a pumpkin mask and a black automatic gun with a wooden stock. He held a gun to an employee’s head and left with two cartons of Newport 100s and an employee’s wallet, according to a Tiffin Police Department report.

The man was identified as Todd Raymond Keith, 37. He was driving a black Lexus with gold trim around the doors and a Michigan rear plate, according to the police department.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and FBI responded to assist.A wallet belonging to the victim was found on CR 19 Friday afternoon, the police report states.

According to information from Chief Fred Stevens of Tiffin Police Department, after leaving Tiffin, Keith allegedly went to Marion and tried to purchase ammunition at a Meijer store, smashing the case and grabbing four boxes when he was denied the purchase.

Then, Keith allegedly robbed a bank in Delaware County and fired two rounds outside of the bank, according to information from Stevens. He then allegedly purchased more ammunition, shot at an Adams County deputy, exchanged gunfire with State Highway Patrol and engaged in a foot pursuit, the information states.

Keith left his vehicle, and officers set up a perimeter in a woods near Aberdeen.

Stevens said he was taken into custody Friday night, and he was unaware of anyone being hurt.

Keith also was wanted in connection to armed robberies in Michigan.

According to FBI information Stevens provided, Keith is being charged with two counts of bank robbery stemming from an armed robbery of a Chase Bank in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Sept. 30 and an armed robbery at a Key Bank, also in Ypsilanti, Monday.

A weapon was used during both robberies, and shots were fired during one of them, it states.

Keith allegedly was wearing Halloween-type masks during the robberies, according to the FBI.

According to information from Stevens, Keith had been tracked to Perkins Township Thursday night, and law enforcement lost him in a chase exceeding 120 mph.