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Grover Hill robbery suspects apprehended
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 4:36 PM

FT. JENNINGS – Two area men wanted in a pair of recent robberies, including one in Grover Hill, were apprehended Monday evening.

Arrested were:

James R. Reynolds, age 34, of Ft. Jennings.

Trent A. Webster, age 49, of Van Wert.

The latest robbery occurred early Sunday morning at Rambler’s Roost on Lincoln Highway in Van Wert County.

Deputies identified Webster as the man who entered Rambler’s Roost just before 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 and told an employee to give him the money. The suspect told the employee that someone else was waiting outside and there would be problems if the money was not handed over.

Reynolds was only a person of interest in this robbery, but also was wanted in an Oct. 4 robbery at Ross’ Gas Station in Grover Hill.

The getaway vehicle in that robbery had the same description as the vehicle at Rambler’s Roost – a 1995-2000 Ford Explorer, possibly an Eddie Bauer edition with a tan body with a blue top.

A warrant for Reynolds’ arrest for second degree felony aggravated robbery in the Grover Hill incident was issued in Paulding County.

Late Monday, Putnam County Sheriff Michael Chandler issued a press release, saying that investigators from Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division assisted Paulding and Van Wert County sheriff’s offices in the investigation of the two robberies that occurred in Paulding and Van Wert counties over the past two months. His investigators were able to obtain reliable information on the location of Reynolds and Webster.

On Dec. 16, a search warrant was obtained and executed for a residence located at 25751 US 224, Ft. Jennings. Deputies from Putnam, Paulding and Van Wert counties executing the search warrant were able to locate the two suspects hiding in a small confined area of the residence. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.

The investigation is continuing by Paulding and Van Wert counties’ sheriff’s offices.

Early Monday, prior to the arrests, Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers said, “Sheriff Riggenbach and I have been in communication since Sunday. We are working together as best as we can to track down these individuals.”

Landers noted leads regarding the Oct. 4 robbery in Grover Hill had gone stale, saying, “We are optimistic some new leads will come back up.”

– Reporting by Progress Editor Melinda Krick, Staff Writer Denise Gebers and Times-Bulletin Editor Ed Gebert.