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Police: Men rob Batavia Twp. UDF for money to buy heroin

Richard Root, 26, charged with aggravated robbery (PHOTO: Clermont County officials/Provided) Richard Root, 26, charged with aggravated robbery (PHOTO: Clermont County officials/Provided)
Ricky Kretzer, 30, charged with aggravated robbery (PHOTO: Clermont County officials/Provided) Ricky Kretzer, 30, charged with aggravated robbery (PHOTO: Clermont County officials/Provided)
BATAVIA TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

Two Clermont County men have been charged with aggravated robbery after stealing $38.00 from a Batavia Township United Dairy Farmers in order to buy heroin. 

Officials said a 911 call was received by the Clermont County Communication Center Saturday at 3:21 p.m. in reference to an aggravated robbery that occurred at the UDF in the 1700 block of State Route 125 in Batavia Township. 

According to Sheriff Patrol units, it was discovered that a male subject entered the store wearing a black hooded sweatshirt partially covering his face. 

Police said the male pushed a store clerk to the ground as the clerk was opening the cash register. As another clerk approached the register, the suspect displayed a handgun and ordered them to stay back, threatening them with the gun. 

Officials stated the man removed an undetermined amount of money from the cash drawer and fled the scene on foot. 

Neither the clerks were injured and there were no customers inside the store at the time of the robbery, according to officials. 

Reports showed a perimeter was established by Sheriff's Office Road Patrol Units and a K-9 unit from Amelia Police Department was called to the scene. While the K-9 unit was tracking, a citizen approached a Road Patrol Deputy and advised him that the subject they were looking for was inside a nearby residence. 

Sheriff's Patrol Units said they responded to the residence in the Eastgate Mobile Home Park in the 1700 block of East Ohio Pike in Pierce Township at 4:23 p.m. and made contact with a man who was identified as Richard Root, 26. 

According to police, Root matched the physical description provided by witnesses on the scene of the robbery and Rood advised officials that he had been at United Dairy Farmers to buy coffee. 

Root was transported to the Clermont County Sheriff's Office where he was interviewed by Investigators and confessed to the robbery.  

According to investigators, a search of the residence where Root was located recovered the black hooded sweatshirt and the firearm that was used in the robbery. 

Root was reportedly arrested and charged with one count of aggravated robber, a felony of the first degree. 

Officials said interviewing witnesses in the vicinity of where Root was located led investigators to the discovery of Ricky Kretzer, 30, who had hidden the money that Root stole during the robbery in a wooded area behind the Eastgate Mobile Home Park. 

When contacted, Kretzer, a Pierce Township resident, confessed to hiding the stolen money and advised the money was intended to be used to purchase heroin, stated police. 

Officials said Kretzer pointed out the area in the woods where he hid the money and $38.00 was recovered by Investigators.

Kretzer was arrested and charged with Tampering with evidence, a felony of the third degree, according to reports. 

Root and Kretzer are being held in the Clermont County Jail without bond. They will appear in Clermont County Municipal Court on Monday at 10 a.m. for their bond hearings.

“Once again a crime has occurred related to heroin abuse and addiction," said Sheriff Rodenberg.  "It is fortunate that this one was resolved quickly without harm to innocent victims, remarkably by the resourcefulness of our Deputies and Investigators who identified and arrested the subjects involved within about an hour after the robbery occurred.”

Police said this case will be assessed by the Clermont County Prosecutor's Office for presentation to the Grand Jury.

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