Diapers and pain medicine.
That was allegedly the motive behind Thursday afternoon's robbery and manhunt in Hartland Township.
"Basically, we got the call there was an armed robbery that had taken place in a cemetery on DeRussey Road," Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said Friday.
"The suspect, Garry Ellis, had ordered an individual who was doing landscaping at the Hartland cemetery to get into a small shelter at the property," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin added.
Ellis, 21, of 1475 DeRussey Road, Collins, ordered the landscaper into the small shelter at gunpoint, Querin said.
"The suspect ordered the landscaper to throw his cell phone into a field so he could not call 9-1-1," Querin said. "The victim complied with the orders because he was fearful of being shot. He was still fearful of being shot even after he complied with the orders."
Howard said the suspect had a revolver, which was reported stolen.
"So, at gunpoint, the suspect steals the landscaper's truck and equipment trailer (and money) and flees the area," the sheriff said. "He drives south and tries to conceal the truck and trailer in a thicket alongside Cook Road.
"Another individual observed the suspect, not knowing the crime had occurred, and tries to make contact with the suspect," Howard said. "The suspect flees on foot and the citizen follows the suspect on foot. The suspect then fires a weapon at the citizen. The suspect had the gun concealed in his waistband."
During the course of the next hour, deputies converged on the entire area.
"A witness said he saw the suspect running toward a house on DeRussey Road," Howard said. "We made contact with the homeowners and Detective Querin and Chief Deputy Ted Patrick located an individual we believed to be the suspect on the second floor of the home, but the individual's clothing did not match that of the suspect."
The person located on the second floor appeared to have been sleeping since they were dressed in pajamas, deputies said.
"The folks in the house said they never saw a masked robber," Howard said. "But after a while and after more investigation, we realized the stories weren't adding up from the people in the house."
Later, it was discovered, the suspect had tossed some of his clothing in a wooded area and left his jeans in a barn at the DeRussey Road residence.
"At one point, the suspect ran naked from the barn to the house," the sheriff said.
"We soon realized the stories from the people in the house were untruthful and arrested the girlfriend of the suspect, Shannon Rowe, 27, for obstruction," Howard said.
The obstruction charge is a third-degree felony, which is punishable by nine months to three years in prison.
Ellis faces one count each of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and felonious assault, a second-degree felony. If convicted of aggravated robbery, he faces three to 11 years in prison while felonious assault is punishable by two to eight years.
He also was originally arrested on a burglary warrant from Cuyahoga County before deputies confirmed he was responsible for the Hartland Township robbery.
Deputies also submitted charges for abduction, tampering with evidence, theft of a motor vehicle and theft of a firearm, but those weren't ultimately filed by the Norwalk Law Director's Office.
"I was really hoping for the abduction charge ... because he forced the individual into the structure at gunpoint. The victim was significantly traumatized," Howard said.
Jason Rowe, 30, also at the DeRussey Road home, was issued a summons on possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Howard again said the motive behind the robbery was so Ellis could obtain money to purchase diapers for his baby daughter and pain medication.
The Erie County Sheriff's Office, state Highway Patrol and Huron County Dog Warden's Office assisted local deputies.
"All in all, this was a significant law-enforcement effort," Howard said. "There were several agencies working together. We had the suspect in custody in about 55 minutes from the first 9-1-1 call.
"I'd also like to thank all the citizens who assisted," the sheriff said. "This was truly a community effort."