University Circle robbery is woman’s third robbery charge in 7 years, police say

CLEVELAND, Ohio– A Cleveland woman robbed a University Circle convenience store with a B.B. gun, marking the third time she’s been charged with robbery in seven years.

Tomeka Thomas, 33, is charged with aggravated robbery. She is being held in the city jail on $10,000 bond.

Thomas about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday robbed the Circle Convenience on Euclid Avenue and Ford Road, police reports say.

She clutched what turned out to be a B.B. gun in her right hand and asked an employee what she could have for free, according to police reports. She grabbed a can of Sprite, M&Ms, two jars of chip dip, a KitKat bar, gum and a grape sucker, police reports say.

The clerk told the store owner, who called police. Both thought Thomas’s B.B. gun was a real gun, police reports say.

University Circle police officers spotted Thomas walking near the store. She raised her B.B. gun at the officers, who grabbed her arm and pushed her up against a building before arresting her, police reports say.

Police said the B.B. gun was reported stolen earlier in the day from a car in the parking lot Fenway Manor public housing complex, police reports say.

Thomas was convicted of robbery in 2011 after she stole $19 from an 89-year-old woman. She was sentenced to two years on probation. She violated the court-ordered terms of probation twice and was sentenced to six months in the county jail.

In 2010, she robbed a woman in University Circle who was seven months pregnant. She pulled the woman out of her car on Euclid Avenue and hit her in the face while stealing her purse. Thomas was sentenced to 18 months on probation in that case.

Thomas in 2004 was initially charged with robbery after she stole $15 from a woman’s purse near the Cleveland Clinic and ran off. She later pleaded guilty of aggravated theft and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years on probation. 

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