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      Men armed with shotguns allegedly behind area robberies

      Police in Bedford Township are searching for a group of young men who are believed to be behind a string of armed robberies in Toledo and just over the Michigan border.

      In the most recent incident, authorities say six young males entered Ella's Grocery Store at 6517 Telegraph Rd. in Bedford Twp. around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday. The suspects, carrying two shotguns, held clerks at gunpoint, and even shot through the door to a back room before taking off with an undisclosed amount of cash and goods.

      The suspects were dressed in dark clothes and used hoods and bandanas to cover their faces.

      Clerks at the store were not seriously injured in the incident.

      The male suspects are also believed to have perpetrated two other armed robberies in Toledo within the past few days. In both incidents, five or six young males are said to have used two shotguns and fired a shot while committing each robbery.

      A stolen vehicle used in the Bedford Twp. robbery Tuesday night has been located. Authorities have determined that the vehicle is registered in Toledo. No other details have been released.

      If you have any information regarding the Bedford Twp. incident, you are asked to contact Detective Jeff Corie of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at 234-240-7530. If you have any information regarding the alleged Toledo incidents, you may call Toledo Police Crime Stopper at 419-255-1111.