A Lancaster, Ohio man has been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery in connection with an armed robbery that happened at the Dollar General store in the 1400 block of North High Street in Hillsboro in December 2015.
Michael A. Morgan, 51, Lancaster, was arrested in Warren County last week, according to Sgt. Steve Browder, interim chief of the Hillsboro Police Department.
According to a press release from HPD, on December 27, 2015 at approximately 7:48 p.m., the Hillsboro Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at the Dollar General store in the 1400 block of North High Street.
The clerk reported that a male came into the store with his face concealed, indicated that he had a gun and threatened to harm the clerk unless he received the money from the cash register. The male left the store without harming the clerk and she called the police.
Officers arrived on scene within two minutes of the reported robbery and checked the surrounding area for many hours with the help of the Highland County Sheriff’s Office but the suspect was not located, according to the press release.
Hillsboro police continued to investigate the case for approximately 15 months until March 2017, when a suspect was developed and identified. The investigation was able to be reviewed by the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office and on June 6 the Highland County Grand Jury returned an indictment for aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree, and for Morgan’s arrest. Morgan was found to be transient and no current known location was certain for his whereabouts at the time the arrest warrant was issued, according to the release.
On June 14, Morgan was located and arrested in Warren County on the charges of the aggravated robbery indictment and also an outstanding warrant from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office for contributing to the delinquency of a minor filed in January 2017. Morgan was transported to the Highland County Justice Center jail.
Browder said the Hillsboro Police Department “would like to thank the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office, the United States Marshal’s Office and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office for all the assistance and support necessary to locate and apprehend Michael A. Morgan.”
Browder also thanked “all of the police officers and dispatchers at the Hillsboro Police Department who helped work on this investigation and never gave up during such a lengthy investigation of a year and a half.”