Station manager among 4 arrested for Middletown Shell robbery

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Middletown Division of Police

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Middletown police have arrested multiple people, including the station manager, for the armed robbery of the Shell gas station on North Verity Parkway last Wednesday morning.

Officers were called to the station at about 12:54 a.m. on the robbery report. An investigation indicated two individuals went into the gas station, displayed a black revolver and demanded money.

Today detectives arrested the manager of the gas station, Dhaval Patel, also known as Doc Patel, 27, of the 800 block of North University Boulevard. Patel is charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Middetown police are looking for two suspects who robbed the Shell gas station on North Verity Parkway at 12:54 a.m. Wednesday, according to police. PROVIDED PHOTO

Nicholas Wallace, 18, of the 100 block of Tanbark Dr. in Hamilton, was charged with aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. Zachary Ritchie, 19, of the 5000 block of Hendrickson Road in Madison Twp., was charged with aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. And a 17-year-old from Hamilton was charged with aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

The 17-year-old was the one holding the gun in the previously released photos, and Ritchie was standing behind him, according to police.

Patel allegedly planned and participated in the robbery. He was behind the counter during the robbery and was in contact with the robbers before and after the business was robbed, police said.

Evidence suggests that Patel had assured the robbers that the cameras were off and they later demanded more money for committing the robbery when the photos were released, police said.

There may be additional individuals charged as the investigation continues, police said. Anyone with additional information should call Detective Steve Winters at 513-425-7786.

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