Tale of Two Cities: Toledo seeks serial robber; VA store protects life/property

A man armed with a silver handgun yesterday robbed the BP station, 3211 Briarfield Blvd., Monclova Township, marking the sixth gas station heist in two days.

Authorities believe all six holdups were committed by the same man.

The man entered the station about 6:40 a.m. and displayed the handgun. He fled westbound with about $85.

On Thursday, three gas stations in Toledo, one in Maumee, and one in Springfield Township were robbed of money and cigarettes.

Meanwhile, in a nearby state that allows its law-abiding citizens to a carry concealed handgun for self-defense, a shockingly similar story had a much different ending for this store clerk:

Click on the "Read More..." link below for more.

The Observer, Midlothian, VA

It was around 3 a.m. when two people entered a Midlothian,Virginia, gas station brandishing a sharp object and ordering the attendant to open the cash drawer or "I'll kill ya!" The attendant, appearing to obey, instead retrieved a handgun kept in the drawer for exactly such dire situations and leveled it at the bandits. Figuring the loot wasn't worth their lives, the suspects fled.

• Could the lifting of Ohio's unconstitutional ban on carrying a concealed weapon for self-defense have protected these stores property, as this store was protected in Virginia?

• Did Toledo's ban on the legal purchase or ownership of affordable handguns prevent these store clerks from protecting themselves?

Contact information for the area's elected officials is provided below:

State House of Representatives
Rep. Jeanine Perry (D-49) - consistent anti-CCW voter
Phone: (614) 466-1418
Fax: (614) 644-9494

State Senate
Sen. Teresa Fedor (D-11) - voted "no" on amended Sub. HB274
Phone: (614) 466-5204

Toledo City Council:
Clerk of Council Michael Beazley
Phone: (419) 245-1060
Fax: (419) 245-1072

Council tied 6-6 on the vote to renew the ban on affordable handgun purchases in Lucas County.

Toledo Mayor's Office:
Mayor Jack Ford
Phone: (419) 245-1001
Fax: (419) 245-1001

Mayor Ford has announced his opposition to concealed carry reform in Ohio, and broke the tie in city council to uphold the ban on affordable handguns for Toledoans.

Click here to read the entire story in the Toledo Blade.

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