Robbery trio taken into custody

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Robber Collage
From left: Joseph Michael Green, Joseph Lee Green and Branson Poole.

Three men were indicted by a Carroll County grand jury in connection with a recent robbery at Rocky’s Marathon in Malvern.

During the Jan. 6 grand jury session, Joseph Michael Green, 22, of 7082 Waynesburg Dr., Waynesburg; his father, Joseph Lee Green, 45, of 8392 Knox School Rd., Minerva; and Branson Tyler Poole, 22, of 6280 Anderson Dr. NW, Malvern, were each indicted on one count of aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree (F1).

Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams said the investigation led authorities to the three men. Joseph Michael and Joseph Lee Green were arrested Dec. 31 and Poole was picked up Jan. 6 in Malvern after the indictments were handed down.

“We apprehended the Greens at a mobile home park near Malvern,” Williams said. “While inside the home, officers discovered a police bag. The only people who have these bags are police officers, so they brought the bag back to the sheriff’s office and we issued an all-terminal inquiry to locate the owner. A Columbiana County resident who works for the Warren Police Dept. identified the bag and said it was stolen during a robbery at his home.”

Williams said there was an outstanding warrant for Joseph Michael Green from Stark County for possession of heroin. Stark County officials drove to Malvern and transported him to the Stark County jail. He was transferred to the Carroll County jail Jan. 6. The elder Green was taken directly to the Carroll County jail.

Williams said during the investigation, his department learned the Greens got out of a vehicle in an alley near the Rocky’s station the night of Dec. 28. They walked down the alley to the gas station. One of the men stood at the door while the other entered the store just before 10 p.m., showed a knife to the clerk and demanded money.

The man carrying the knife opened both registers and took cash.

Poole, who is charged with driving the drop-off and get-away car, waited across the street in the get-away vehicle. After robbing the station, the Greens ran across SR 183, got into the vehicle and drove off.

Detectives and deputies immediately began canvassing the area for evidence and leads. Detectives, working with physical evidence and witnesses, tracked down the owner of the vehicle, who is Poole.

“We got lucky,” Williams said. “There are only two cars like it left in the state of Ohio. One of them is owned by Poole.”

There are outstanding warrants for both of the Greens from Marshall County, WV, on probation violations.

“We were able to not only solve the robbery at Rocky’s but to return Joseph Michael Green to Stark County and to solve a robbery in Columbiana County,” Williams said.

All three men remain in the Carroll County jail. Arraignments for the trio are scheduled Jan. 14 at 8:30 a.m. before Carroll County Common Pleas Judge Dominick E. Olivito, Jr.