Authorities issue safety reminders following west Columbus robberies

Police records that go back to the last week of 2017 show robberies at several fast food restaurants and gas stations on Hilliard-Rome Road and West Broad Street. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Several robberies in west Columbus have authorities reminding the public of safety tips.

Police records that go back to the last week of 2017 show robberies at several fast food restaurants and gas stations on Hilliard-Rome Road and West Broad Street.

Izzy Cousin runs Handel’s Ice Cream near some of the establishments that have been robbed. He explained his business has not been targeted, but adds security measures have been taken.

"Twenty-four hour surveillance cameras inside and around the perimeter, which is recorded and stored for our convenience. We also have panic alarm buttons, silent alarm buttons by the registers and windows,” said Cousin.

Crime statistics from Columbus Police show a drop in robberies for 2017.

Despite the decrease in robberies, Sergeant Joe Vince with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said he is noticing some robberies happen at the same fast food restaurants and gas stations and the inspiration for some of the crime is drugs.

"The robber, they're out there trying to get stuff quick, that money, so they can buy their next score or fix,” explained Sergeant Vince.

Sergeant Vince, who works in the agency’s investigations department, said victims need to comply and not agitate the robber. Afterwards, investigators explain a good description is key in catching a suspect.

"We go off of physical features. We can go off of voice, listening to a person, maybe how the person walks or runs away. Look at their shoes, look at their hair style or try to see if whether or not they're wearing glasses or not. Skin color is important,” said Sergeant Vince.

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