MASON — Women in the Mason area are asked to be on alert after two attempted robberies have occurred a week apart - both incidents with several similarities, including the suspects.
Sgt. E.B. Starcher of the West Virginia State Police said on Wednesday, Feb. 15, a female was exiting the Mason United Methodist Church around 8:30 p.m. when two men attacked and attempted to rob the victim. Starcher said in this case the woman was able to get away with the help of some younger males who were nearby and came to her aid. The two suspects got away empty-handed but not before leaving behind a description.
According to Starcher, one man is described to be in his 30’s, scruffy looking and of a stalky build while the other man is thinner and wears a ball cap. The suspects were described as literally looking “greasy” and having the smell of car grease. Both men were in a “darker red” and “beat up” Ford Ranger extended-cab pickup.
Then, a week later on Wednesday, Feb. 22, a woman was parked in her car around 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Goose Pond on W.Va. 62 in Clifton when two men matching the descriptions of the suspects in the attempted robbery outside the church approached her, trying to steal her cell phone and other items. This time the woman got away and the suspects were empty-handed again.
Starcher said during the incident that occurred on Feb. 22, both men were in that same dark red, beat up, Ford Ranger extended cab. Starcher said it’s not known if the pickup is from West Virginia or Ohio or elsewhere.
The investigation into these crimes is being undertaken by several law enforcement agencies, including the Mason Police Department, Mason County Sheriff’s Department and Mason County Post of the West Virginia State Police. Anyone with any information, tips on these suspects, the Ford Ranger or the two incidents should call any of the three agencies listed above. Law enforcement personnel are also looking for the young men who helped the victim escape the attack outside the church in case they remember anything new about that incident which might help solve the case.
Starcher also wanted to be sure female residents are aware of these incidents and are taking the necessary precautions to stay safe.