Series of armed robberies keep Lima police officers busy

By J Swygart -

LIMA — Lima police are investigating a series of armed robberies that occurred throughout the city starting late Sunday and continuing into early Tuesday morning.

Detective Sean Neidemire said Monday that two males forcibly entered a home at 912 E. Franklin St. at gunpoint shortly before midnight Sunday and assaulted resident Joseph Calim, 68. Calim was treated and released at Lima Memorial Health System.

Neidemire said the robbers stole two guns — a Browning .22 caliber long rifle and a Sigsauer 9mm pistol — along with several boxes of ammunition before fleeing the scene.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call 419-221-5295.

Another armed robbery was reported shortly before 6 p.m. Monday at 577 Harrison Ave. A police department spokesman said an unknown subject allegedly brandished a firearm and stole a mini dirt bike from a juvenile victim. The report was incomplete, and the case remains under investigation.

At approximately 10:40 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to 801 E. Kibby St. in reference to another armed robbery after a subject reportedly brandished a firearm and stole a cell phone from victim.

Few details were available Tuesday morning concerning yet another armed robbery that took place earlier in the 2000 block of North West Street.

By J Swygart

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