Austin D. Collins, 28, of North Canton, is charged with robbery in connection with a Sept. 16 incident in Norwalk. If convicted of the third-degree felony, he faces nine to 36 months in prison.
“Detective Sgt. Dave Daniels and Detective Zach O’Neil did a great job of following up on this,” said Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Seth Fry.
The detectives used “good ol’ fashioned police work” and area surveillance footage to determine the suspect was Collins, Fry added.
Police received a call about 7:30 a.m. Sept. 16 from a Miller’s employee who reported the business had been robbed. Witnesses reported the male suspect wore a blue jacket, blue jeans, white sneakers, a mask, sunglasses and a black Under Armour baseball hat.
Collins reportedly entered the south entrance of the grocery store, 117 Whittlesey Ave.
“He went in, demanded some money and then fled,” Fry said shortly afterward. “He fled by foot. He fled southbound.”
After leaving Miller’s, Collins reportedly walked east and then went behind the former Pat Catan’s building, 80 Whittlesey Ave., Fry said. It’s unknown where the suspect went after that.
“He didn’t give a reason (for the robbery) and we’re not going to be discussing any evidence we have,” Fry said Monday.
The Fairlawn Police Department arrested Collins on a Norwalk Municipal Court warrant over the weekend, the detective said. He then was transported to the Summit County Jail. Fry said authorities transported Collins to Huron County after his extradition hearing Monday.
“The case will be presented to the grand jury this Friday hopefully,” he added.