Portage County Wal-Mart robber nabbed

STOW, OH (WOIO) - Portage County Sheriff David W. Doak filed criminal charges against one Joe R, Schratz, age 40, of 3823 Englewood Drive in Stow, Ohio.

On Saturday, January 14, 2011 at approximately 1:55 AM, Deputies responded to a reported Attempted Robbery that had just occurred at the Wal-Mart located at 2600 SR 59.  The subject did show the cashier that he was armed with a handgun.  When the cashier had difficulty opening the cash register, the subject fled from the store and left the area in a motor vehicle.  The cashier was not harmed.

As the investigation continued, it was learned that the CVS store located at 3352 Kent Road in Stow had a similar incident that had just occurred on this same date at 1:25 AM.  Stow Police were able to identify Schratz as the subject involved in their incident.  Stow Police were able to make contact with Schratz at his residence and he was taken into custody.

Evidence obtained indicated that Schratz was also responsible for the Attempted Robbery at the Ravenna Wal-Mart.

Schratz is currently in custody at the Summit County Jail.

Schratz has been charged with Attempted Robbery, a 2nd degree felony.