/NORTON POLICE SEARCH FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS

NORTON POLICE SEARCH FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS

NORTON POLICE SEARCH FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS

 

 

Norton Police are searching for suspects said to be involved in a pair of violent takeover robberies at an internet cafe.
The department has now enlisted the help of the University of Akron’s high technology computer forensics lab to help with the case.
Detective Larry Lane with the Norton Police Department says they’re hopeful that someone can identify the suspects seen on the enhanced still photos at the Copper Mine Internet Cafe on Barber Road.
“We’re hoping to enhance some of the color quality of the photos,” Lane said.
High technology forensics specialist Stan Smith at the University of Akron says they’ve obtained some items from police to aid in the investigation.
“We’ve helped them with two items that they submitted to our lab,” Smith said. “One was a cell phone and the other was video footage from the internet cafe.”
Detective Lane says that these individuals are believed to be very dangerous. He says a woman seen on the video served as a decoy for two men during the robbery.
“Once the female entered the business, she was followed by two black males wearing ski masks. One was armed with a handgun, the other with a stun gun,” Lane said.
In the most recent incident October 28, police say a female employee at the business was pistol-whipped by one of the men after she complied with the gunman’s demand for cash from the register.
The trio allegedly targeted the business on September 30, when they robbed several customers, tossing them to the ground and proceeded to take cash from the register.
Smith says the UA forensics lab, which has only been around for a few months is ready and willing to help in any sort of investigation.
“We have the software for the video forensics and the computer forensics which basically will assist us in making the video in this case presentable for the investigators.”
A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robbery suspects.
Anyone with information on the crimes may call Summit County Crime Stoppers or Norton Police. Callers may remain anonymous.