Akron store owner planning to leave the city after several robberies and assaults

Posted at 4:39 PM, Sep 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 22:37:20-04

The owner of an Akron store is making  plans to move his business out of the city after a series of armed robberies and break-ins over the last two years.

"If we are not safe, we are not secure," said Prabhanshu Khandelwal, owner of Dollar Magic. "We cannot provide better service for our customers. We are planning on moving out of Akron."

Akron police continue to  investigate a breaking and entering incident at the store that happened August 31.  A man was seen on surveillance video around 1:30 a.m. using a rock to break the front glass door of the store at 1100 E. Tallmadge Avenue.

The man ran into the store and grabbed several lottery tickets and the display case and quickly exiting through the shattered door, police said. 

A few weeks earlier, someone broke glass in the back of the building and attempted to enter the store. That attempt was unsuccessful. 

On Jan 30, 2015, Khandelwal was punched in the face, knocked to the floor and held at gunpoint during a holdup inside the store. He was marched behind the counter and money was snatched from a register. 

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A few months later, a similar incident occurred June 19 of the same year. Again, the owner was punched in the face and robbed at gunpoint.

In yet another incident, someone broke into the store on Sept 2, 2015 and got away with the store's cash register and computer system. 

Police are investigating the crimes.  No arrests have been made.