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Robbery suspect turns himself in

September 12, 2011
By MICHAEL D. MCELWAIN - For The Weirton Daily Times ( , Weirton Daily Times

CHESTER - Hancock County Sheriff Mike White said an East Liverpool man confessed to the Sept. 4 armed robbery of a business in Chester.

James Edward McCullough, 48, of East Liverpool, turned himself in and reportedly told officials he was the one who robbed Mugsy's Cafe at knifepoint late Sept. 4.

"McCullough's surrender to authorities was the result of the good work performed by the original responding officers of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the Chester Police Department, the ensuing investigation and the information provided to this department by the public," White said.

The sheriff's office was notified around 11:20 p.m. Sept. 4 that a man entered the cafe on Ohio River Boulevard, walked up to an employee, pulled out a knife and demanded money.

After taking the money, the man left on foot toward the Palm Cafe.

The department gathered surveillance footage of the robbery and spoke to witnesses.

The white male with a mustache was last seen wearing tan shorts, a gray shirt, and a ball cap.

No one was injured during the robbery.

"It was the information and observations from the public that were critical in our ability to close this case, and I would urge everyone to take an active interest in their community and report any and all criminal activity," White said Friday.

McCullough was taken before a Hancock County magistrate and his bond was set at $25,000. He was transported to the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail.

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