Brookfield police have obtained an arrest warrant for James E. Hill, charging him with sticking up the Circle K convenience store in Masury on Monday (Oct. 28).
The robbery occurred three days after Hill pleaded guilty to a charge of theft stemming from an April robbery of a dollar store in New Castle.
In the Brookfield case, Hill walked into Circle K, 902 S. Irvine Ave., at 2:42 a.m. wearing a gray hoodie with the hood pulled up over a black skull cap, gray pants, sandals and white socks and asked the clerk for a pack of cigarettes, police said.
As the clerk was retrieving the smokes, Hill told him to empty the drawer, police said.
The clerk was confused, saying he thought Hill wanted cigarettes, and Hill told him to hurry up, saying, “I’m not playing with you,” police said.
Hill, 44, of New Castle, “acted like he had a gun in his hoodie pocket,” said Brookfield Detective Aaron Kasiewicz.
The clerk handed over $300, and Hill walked out of the store at 2:43a.m., heading in the direction of Hubbard, police said.
Brookfield police were familiar with Hill, having arrested him in 2006 on a charge of obstructing justice and in 2010 on a charge of drunken driving.
Hill is charged with aggravated robbery.
Hill was released on bond following his guilty plea and is being sought on Brookfield’s warrant and for violating bond, Kasiewicz said.
Anyone who knows of Hill’s whereabouts can call Brookfield’s anonymous tip line, 330-969-1110, the police front desk at 330-448-6960 or 911.