Robber forces evacuation of Ohio shopping plaza

Police in Belmont County continued their search Friday for a man who robbed a store and claimed to have an explosive.

The suspicious package that forced the evacuation of the Ohio Valley Plaza shopping center contained only a brick, a cell phone and a cell phone charger.

Investigators said the man walked into the Factory Card Outlet in the plaza around 5 p.m. Thursday, said he had a bomb and demanded cash.

The man left with cash and the employee at the counter called police.

The robber's face and hands were uncovered, so the employee was able to give deputies a partial description and state investigators were able to retrieve fingerprints.

The man is described as a white male in his 60s. He is between 6 feet 1 inch and 6 feet 2 inches tall and had a goatee.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or the NEWS9 Lauttamus Security Crimebusters Tipline at 800-862-BUST.

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