‘I need this for my family,’ suspect tells clerk in Trumbull County robbery spree

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Two people are in custody in Trumbull County, accused in a string of back to back armed robberies early Wednesday morning.

Trevor McMillen, of Warren, and Antonio Guiseppe Sarnelli, Jr., of Leavittsburg, face several charges of aggravated robbery.

The two were arrested around 7 a.m. on Elm Road in Bazetta Township.

The men are accused of robbing two Pit Stops and a BP in Warren and the Truenorth and BP in Howland.  

The first robbery was reported around 3 a.m. at the Pit Stop on Youngstown Road in Warren.

“The blue truck pulled up at the window and had the gun out the door and told her to give me all the money,” said Pit Stop manager Atallah Atallah.

At about 3:20 a.m., the Truenorth gas station in Howland was hit. The victims described the robber as husky and wearing a camouflage mask. They also had a vehicle description – a blue pickup truck.

“Our officers arrived on scene, checked the area for the vehicle, which was a blue pickup truck, we were unable to locate,” said Howland Police Chief Nick Roberts.

The cashier at the last BP that was robbed said she was on the lookout for that blue pickup truck. She even locked the door between herself and customers, but at some point, the robbers changed vehicles. Now, they were in a small white car. And in the end, that BP was robbed, too.

Minutes later, the white car was stopped by deputies on Elm Road in Bazetta Township.

“Our deputy was in the right position at the right time, identified the vehicle, made the run, activated the lights and made the traffic stop within minutes of the last incident,” said Chief Deputy Joseph Dragovich. “We were able to get the stop and take them into custody without incident.”

Police said one of the men even apologized to the cashiers, saying he needed the money for his kids. 

911 Call: “He just said that I’m sorry. I need this for my family. He said have a good night, but he was staggering out the door.”

Both McMillen and Sarnelli are set for arraignment on Thursday.

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