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Possible robbery suspect arrested

Photo Provided Security camera footage shows a robbery suspect, believed by law enforcement to be Koleton B. Caruso, 23.

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry Police Chief Jerry Murphy said a robbery was reported on Sunday at Kroger — the second such incident at the store in recent weeks — but a suspect has been apprehended.

Murphy said the suspect left the store quickly Sunday before city police officers could make an arrest.

“The subject left the store, and the officers attempted to locate the subject’s vehicle with the description given by the employees with no results,” he said.

Murphy said he spoke to the Kroger employees to get a full report of the incident.

“Employees stated the subject came into the store and then tried to open the money compartments at self-checkout with a set of keys. The subject also (allegedly) tried to gain access to the head cashier’s drawer and the cigarette case.

“The whole time he was yelling, demanding money, asking where the keys were,” the chief said.

Murphy said a similar incident occurred on Jan. 17 at the same location.

“A male entered the store in the early morning hours and removed the set of keys from a drawer and unlocked several checkout registers.

The male exited the building and left in a dark-colored car, and it was reported that the male got away with several thousand dollars,” he noted.

Murphy said that other police departments within the Ohio Valley have been looking into similar recent robberies, and a possible suspect has been identified.

The Moundsville Kroger, Rich Oil gas station in Bellaire and Dollar General in Colerain were also robbed recently. No injuries were reported in any of the robberies.

Marshall County sheriff’s deputies arrested Koleton B. Caruso, 23, no address available, on Tuesday morning after Caruso allegedly attempted to flee from police in a stolen vehicle. He was lodged in the Northern Regional Jail on charges of malicious assault, DUI, fleeing with reckless indifference, possession, fleeing from an officer, destruction of property, possession of a stolen vehicle and reckless driving.

Moundsville Police Chief Tom Mitchell said that Caruso is also a suspect in the recent robberies.

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