Records: Bellbrook man released from jail day before robbery attempt at Xenia UDF

Michael Edward Lawrence
Michael Edward Lawrence

Credit: Greene County Jail

Credit: Greene County Jail

A Bellbrook man was released from jail the day before his arrest on Friday morning following a botched robbery at a Xenia United Dairy Farmers.

Police responded around 7:20 a.m. to the UDF at 340 W. Second St. after a man approached the counter with a large hunting-style knife and demanded money. No one was injured, and the suspect ran away before he got any money, police said.

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As Xenia police officers and Greene County Sheriff’s deputies searched the area, a witness told officers to check behind a business in the 500 block of West Second Street, according to police.

That’s where officers found the robbery suspect, identified as 48-year-old Michael Edward Lawrence of Bellbrook. He had changed some of his clothes but officers found the knife and clothing when he was arrested. police said.

Lawrence was booked into the Greene County Jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor theft charge. He has not been formally charged.

Lawrence was released Thursday from the Greene County Jail on his own recognizance in an unrelated felony drug case. Greene County Common Pleas Court records show that Lawrence is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 9 for one count of possession of controlled substances.

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Anyone with additional details regarding the attempted robbery should call Xenia police’s Criminal Investigation Section at 937-376-7203 or the Xenia police tip line at 937-347-1623. Information can also be sent to detective Brian Atkins at batkins@ci.xenia.oh.us.