Getaway driver in drive-thru robbery pleads guilty

Aaron Krause • Apr 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

A Knox County man accused of being his brother's getaway driver in a Willard business robbery pleaded guilty Friday to an amended charge of robbery.

Anthony A. Ward, 27, of Fredericktown, had been scheduled for trial on Tuesday in connection with the June 27 crime at L&L Drive-Thru in Willard.

Ward's initial charges were complicity to aggravated robbery and complicity to robbery.

Ward's older brother, Van J. Ward, 31, is serving a five-year prison term at the Lake Erie Correctional Institution for the June 27 crime. He also is behind bars for one count of possession of drugs through Richland County.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office started developing leads in the case July 2.

Detectives Josh Querin and John Harris interviewed Van Ward on Aug. 14. Investigators determined the man was armed with an air-soft gun when he demanded money from the clerk and used half of the money stolen from L&L to buy heroin in Shelby.

"I very much felt like my life was in danger that night," the clerk said when Ward was sentenced in early January. "Every time the (door) beeper goes off, you jump.

"(My family) put the business up for sale because of this," he said.

After Ward provided a map on where the air-soft gun was, detectives recovered it that day in Willard.

Anthony Ward is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:45 a.m. May 15.

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