Sidney armed clerk catches suspect red-handed

Mug shot of Brett Copeland (Shelby County Jail Photo)

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) — An armed clerk takes matters into his own hands when a man attempts to rob a carryout.

Sidney Police were called to the City Carryout located at 132 North Ohio Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

A cashier reported a man with a sweat jacket and bandana over his face showed a knife and demanded money. The clerk was armed with a handgun and ordered the suspect to the ground. Police said the suspect complied and the clerk held him until officers arrived.

Brett Copeland, 23, was arrested on a charge of aggravated robbery. Copeland was booked into the Shelby County Jail.

Police believe a second person may be involved who was waiting in a getaway car parked nearby. The car is described as a silver two door vehicle.

Sidney Police do not believe this attempted robbery was connected with the recent rash of robberies in the Piqua and Sidney area.

If you have any information about this robbery or any incident, call Sidney Police at 937-498-2351. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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