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Local business robbed at gunpoint

A local grocery store in north Butler County was the scene of an armed robbery on Sunday night, July 30.  Aberdeen Grocery, located at 40 Caneyville Road, was robbed at gunpoint by a single assailant, making off with an undisclosed amount of money and sending two individuals to the hospital.  The incident took place at approximately 9:20 p.m.

According to law enforcement officers, owner Raj Patel and son Sam Patel were in the process of closing the store when an unknown subject dressed completely in black, including a mask and gloves, entered the building, forcing Raj Patel back into the store at gunpoint.  The assailant struck Sam Patel with a pistol, rendering him unconscious.  He then instructed Raj Patel to open the safe.  With hands in the air, Patel complied and opened the safe.  Patel was then apparently assaulted by the subject, being hit at least four times in the face.  The incident was caught on video but no vehicle was seen in the parking lot.  Due to the assailant wearing all black with a mask and gloves, no identification has been made.  

Both Patels were transported to the Medical Center in Bowling Green and treated for their injuries and released.

Officers with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, the Morgantown City Police Department, and Butler County EMS all responded to the scene.  Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Reneer is the investigating officer.  

“We really appreciated the quick response of our local law enforcement officers,” said Tim Flener, former owner of Aberdeen Grocery.  “They were on the scene quickly and we are grateful.” 
This is the second criminal incident at Aberdeen Grocery since January.  Earlier this year on January 5, the front door was broken into while the store was closed and a cache of cigarettes was stolen.  Those involved were captured by law enforcement officers.  
Anyone with any information about this robbery is urged to contact the Butler County Sheriff’s Department at 270-526-3676.

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