Piqua police search for robbery suspect

PIQUA — Police in Piqua are searching for suspects in a pair of armed robberies.

On Saturday, a suspect entered the Piqua Food Mart at the corner of South Street and McKinnley Avenue around 5 p.m. The male told the clerk that he he was armed, but no weapon was observed, according to Piqua Deputy Police Chief Marty Grove.

On Tuesday morning around 8 a.m., a man entered the same establishment, again saying that he was armed, and robbed the business.

Grove said that prior to Tuesday’s robbery, the suspect was observed on the east side of the business “at least 10 minutes prior to entering.”

The suspect in Tuesday’s robbery was wearing a a heavy winter-type coat and mask.

Piqua police are asking that anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the Piqua Dairy Mart between 8-8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and may have seen the suspect to please call Detective Brett Marrs, or Miami County 911 or 937-615-TIPS (8477).

The suspect in both robberies was described as heavy-set.

Police are continuing their investigation and are looking into whether the pair of robberies could be connected.