Aldi robbery suspect in custody

By Sam Wildow -

Rayne Szwec

Rayne Szwec

PIQUA — An arrest has been made in the Tuesday armed robbery at the Piqua Aldi store. Rayne Szwec, 23, of Garbry Road in Piqua was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the robbery.

At approximately 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Piqua police officers were dispatched to a robbery in progress at Aldi, located at 1243 E. Ash St.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned that a white male, wearing a plain gray t-shirt, blue jeans, and a University of Miami baseball cap, had entered the store. After the suspect walked around the store, the suspect approached the clerk and displayed what appeared to be a black handgun, according to Deputy Chief Marty Grove of the Piqua Police Department.

“The suspect was holding a towel over his face,” Grove said.

Szwec reportedly left with the cash drawer from the register and was seen leaving the store’s parking lot in a black vehicle.

It was also determined that there was a person of interest with a similar description at Walmart shortly before the Aldi robbery occurred. On Wednesday, Piqua police received a tip that their suspect was Szwec. Detectives spoke to the man who admitted to both the Aldi’s robbery and also the armed robbery of the Dollar General Store on Looney Road, on August 30.

Investigating officers recovered evidence from the Aldi robbery in a trash receptacle at the Miami Valley Centre Mall, including clothing, cash register drawer and a weapon. The weapon, a BB gun, is believed to have been stolen from Walmart.

Szwec is in the Miami County Jail, where he is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. Additional charges may follow as the investigation continues.

Mike Ullery contributed to this story.

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By Sam Wildow

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