ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - Elyria police are searching for the armed punk who robbed a flower shop early Monday morning. It happened just after 8AM at West River Florist on North West River Road.
The flower shop employee told police the suspect barged into the store brandishing a handgun. The suspect stated that they wanted all the money in the store. The suspect was handed the money and some checks, which were dumped into a blue plastic grocery bag.
The suspect then led the store employee into the back cooler of the florist shop. The employee was placed inside the cooler and ordered to empty their pockets. The employee handed the suspect the money in their pocket. The suspect then told the employee not to come out. The cooler door was shut and suspect fled the store. The store employee was not injured during the robbery.
The store employee stayed in the cooler for approximately a minute and then exited the cooler. The police were then notified. It is undetermined at this time if the suspected acted alone or with someone else. The suspect was not seen leaving the store and a direction of travel is unknown at this time. The suspect made off with approximately $600 in cash and checks.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 30 to 40 years of age and 6' tall. He was wearing a black t-shirt and had a blue bandana over his face.
Anyone with information about the robbery may call the Elyria Police Department at (440) 323-3302.