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Springfield man indicted in connection to Family Dollar robbery

A Springfield man was indicted in connection to an incident where a Family Dollar store clerk said he stole items and announced he had a gun.

Brock Raines, 39, was indicted on a charge of robbery in Clark County Common Pleas Court. A next court date in the case had not been set on Tuesday.

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He was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on robbery charge April 6. He pleaded not guilty to similar charges in Clark County Municipal Court.

Springfield police began their investigation on April 6 at around 2 p.m. when they were called to the Family Dollar store at 801 Selma Road, according to a police report.

“Officers were on East Street when they observed a male wearing the exact same clothing as described by the employee walking north on East Street at Kenton Street,” the report says. “The male observed officers and began running west on Kenton Street holding the side of both jacket pockets. I began to run after this male and gave him numerous commands to stop. The male finally stopped and prone out on the sidewalk as ordered to do so.”

The man refused to give his name or information, the police report says, but officers were able to find out that it was Raines, according to the report. He was taken back to the family dollar where a store employee identified him as the person who stole from the store, the report says.

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“(The employee) stated that she observed the male in the detergent aisle placing numerous items from the shelves into his pockets,” the report says. “(The employee) approached this male and advised him to remove the products from his pockets and give them to her. The male stated to her ’ No, I have a gun!’ She asked once more and again the male stated that he had a gun on him. (The employee) backed away and when she did, the male exited the store with the items failing to pay for them.”

Raines reportedly denied saying that he had a gun and told officers that he felt he should be charged with theft and not robbery charges.

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