Grandma lives in fear after gunman steals car

Posted at 6:05 PM, Mar 08, 2016

In the span of 15 minutes, Pam Callahan, a 61-year-old Norton grandmother, experienced the best and worst in humanity.

On Saturday around 7 p.m., she left a fundraiser in Akron where friends and family had raised money to pay the funeral expenses for Callahan's 28-year-old cousin who died from cervical cancer.

At 7:12 p.m., Callahan was robbed at gunpoint inside the Duchess/BP gas station by a masked man who took off in her 2011 Kia Soul.

"The two cashiers and I all felt like he would have shot us in a heartbeat given the chance," Callahan said.

Norton detectives first released surveillance video of the crime on Monday.

Callahan stopped at the Norton carryout on Wadsworth Road because of a craving for Pringles, and she wanted to use some lottery ticket coupons. However, she felt something didn't seem quite right about a nervous customer inside the shop.

Moments later, her suspicions were confirmed when the man-- wearing two hoodies and gloves-- approached the counter, displayed a gun and demanded money from the registers.

The intruder was handed about $200 and then he turned his attention to the grandma standing next to him.

"He turned his gun on me in his pocket and said, 'Give me your car keys,'" Callahan said. "I think I said, 'Are you kidding me?'"

Realizing it was not a joke, Callahan handed over her keys and the robber bolted from the store and took off in her car. Callahan's purse and cell phone were inside the vehicle, along with candy and stuffed animals that she was planning to place inside Easter baskets for children at her church.

"I went home and shook and laid on the bed for few minutes," she told "I was so thankful to the Lord that no one got hurt."

Still, Callahan admitted she's living with fear knowing a criminal not only has her car, but her personal information too.

"I had my husband put like a step-stool in front of the front door and the locks are changed."

Norton Detective John Canterbury said the department has not received any leads on the stolen car, which is blue and does not have a front license plate.

Summit County CrimeStoppers is offering up to $2,000 for information that solves the aggravated robbery.

Tipsters can remain anonymous when calling 330-434-COPS.