UPDATE: 2 indicted in robbery of Marathon gas station in Beverly

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 8/8/19 05:35 P.M.

Two men linked by authorities to a robbery at a station and convenience store were among 17 people indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Washington County.

Edward J. Haynes, 28, of Macksburg, Ohio, and Michael J. Estee, 33, of Senecaville, Ohio, were indicted on robbery charges in connection with the July 5 robbery at the Marathon gas station and convenience store, 415 5th St., Beverly.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Haynes, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a bandanna covering his face, entered the store, approached the counter, pointed a handgun at a clerk and demanded money from the cash register.

Estee allegedly dropped Haynes off and then waited outside in a white Chevrolet S-10 pickup, the release said.

Deputies said both men, who remain in the Washington County Jail, admitted to their roles in the robbery.

The grand jury also indicted two other men on several charges connected to a series of thefts in the Beverly area in early July.

Robert J. Wells, 37, faces two counts of breaking and entering, three counts of theft, two counts of forgery, receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence.

Louis Bautista, 34, is charged with theft, two counts of forgery, complicity in theft, trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, possession of criminal tools, having weapons while under disability and falsification in theft offense.

The incidents occurred between July 2 and July 8 at Sherlock Oil Company on State Route 60 in Beverly, the Heritage Co-op Feed Store, 4720 Milner Road, Waterford, and the Par Mar store, 100 5th St., Beverly.


UPDATE: 7/30/2019

Two suspects have been arrested in the alleged armed robbery of a gas station in Beverly, authorities said.

Edward J. Haynes, 28, of Macksburg, Ohio, and Michael J. Estee, 33, of Senecaville, Ohio, face felony aggravated robbery charges in connection with the July 5 robbery at the the Marathon gas station and convenience store.

Both men admitted to their roles in the robbery, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Haynes remains in the Washington County Jail on a $250,000 bond, while Estee continues to be held on a warrant in the Guernsey County Jail.

According to the news release, Haynes, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a bandanna covering his face, entered the store, approached the counter, pointed a handgun at a clerk and demanded money from the cash register.

Estee allegedly dropped Haynes off and then waited outside in a white Chevrolet S-10 pickup, the release said.


UPDATE: 7/12/2019

Washington County deputies make arrests in connection with a recent crime wave involving businesses in the town of Beverly.

Taken into custody overnight was Luis Ambrocio Bautista, who is being held in the Washington County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He is charged with complicity to commit aggravated robbery and trafficking in meth.

Deputies say Bautista was taken into custody at his Beverly residence after an overnight search warrant turned up evidence from two armed robberies last weekend at Beverly convenience stores.

One of them was a Par Mar BP gas station where deputies say Bautista had worked as a clerk.

The other was at a Marathon station about a mile away on Ohio Route 60.

Meth and digital scales were also recovered from Bautista's home.

"Through the execution of the search warrant, certain items of evidence were recovered," says Lt. Bryan Lockhart. "That led us to believe he was involved in the aggravated robbery that occurred in the early morning hours of July 6, 2019 at the Par Mar."

Authorities also found evidence at he Bautista home linking him to a series of breaking and enterings at Beverly businesses in the past few weeks.

A second arrest was made Friday afternoon.

Robert Justin Wells, 37, of McConnelsville is charged with two counts of breaking and entering at two Beverly businesses.

Lt. Lockhart says Wells has not yet been tied to the armed robberies, as the investigation continues.


7/8/2019

Washington County authorities are investigating two reported armed robberies at two gas stations in Beverly on Friday and Saturday.

Both stations were robbed at gunpoint, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said.

The first occurred at a Marathon station about 11 p.m. Friday, and the second was at a Par Mar station about 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Mincks said the robberies were committed by different white males and that no one was injured.