Arrest Made in Clark Gas Station Robbery (UPDATE)

By: Mollie Lair, Stanley Jefferson Email
By: Mollie Lair, Stanley Jefferson Email
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UPDATE: 3/14/2013 11:39 PM

All it took was a tip for police to arrest the man responsible for robbing Clark gas station on Emerson Avenue.

Henry Bullough faces second degree felony robbery.

He was arrested Thursday night at about 6:30 in the 2500 block of 9th street in Parkersburg.

Detectives say on March 6th he went into Clark gas station and demanded money from a clerk.

He allegedly said he had a gun and made off with an unknown amount of cash.

Police say tips from the public helped lead to the arrest.

"Based on the video we were able to put out and the tips we've been getting over the last year from the public have been so helpful to us and have helped us solve a lot of crimes. So to get one single tip with a mere name and be able to follow up on it with some good police work and make an arrest is pretty satisfying. We're very happy with the outcome," says Parkersburg Police Sergeant Greg Collins.

Bullough is being taken to the Regional Jail where he will be kept until he appears before a Circuit Court judge.

UPDATE: 3/6/2013 11:52 PM

A place where you come to get gas, snacks and wash your car became a crime scene late Wednesday afternoon.

Parkersburg Police officers were called out to investigate a robbery at the Clark Gas Station on Emerson Avenue.

"A white male entered the store demanding money from the clerk and fled on foot. At this point, we're just reviewing the tape right now trying to collect some evidence to aid our investigation to hopefully identify the suspect in short order," says Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin.

The man would leave the store at one point but returned.

Only this time, police say he demanded money and ran away on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"He had one hand concealed under his clothing. At least one witness said he had a gun. One clerk began to call 911 with the suspect going directly to the cash register. He took the money. He tried to get into a safe unsuccessfully before he left," added Parkersburg Police Sergeant Greg Collins.

Police say the robber knew the clerk by name.

"It definitely would appear that way since he's calling them by name and that's one of the things we'll do with any robbery to see if it's somebody that's been in there recently," replied Sergeant Collins.

Officers are using the surveillance camera to identify the suspect.

"I just want to put out a very accurate description of the suspect rather than what the witnesses recall. We'll pull the information from the video to get a more accurate description of the suspect and we'll release it when we get it out," Chief Martin said.

The Clark Gas Station isn't the only business in the Emerson Avenue area hit hard by crime.

Police say the Peoples News across the street was recently robbed.

"It has been as of late, there's a heavy traffic count that's there around 4 o'clock in the afternoon. It's pretty remarkable that anybody would commit these crimes during these hours but it happened at least twice in the last couple of months," says Sergeant Collins.

And they're now counting on the community to help ID the suspect.

The suspect is a white male in his late 20's.

He stands between 5'9 and 5'11 inches and weighs between 250 and 300 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J.M. Stalnaker or any member of the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444.
Dispatchers with the Wood County 911 Center say they received an alarm call from Clark gas station at 36th and Emerson for a robbery in progress.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says a man entered the store demanding cash from the clerk.

He took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran away on foot.

There were two witnesses at the robbery.

No word on whether or not the robber was armed.

Officers are now reviewing the tape and gathering description of the robber.

"I just want to put out a very accurate description of the suspect rather than what the witnesses recall. We'll pull the information from the video and get a more accurate description of the suspect and we'll release it when we get it out,"says Chief Martin.

The robbery is still under investigation. No one was hurt.

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