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Judge Sets $500,000 Bail Amount for Alleged Serial Robber

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A man suspected of wearing his work uniform while committing multiple robberies is being held in jail on a half-million dollar bail amount.

Jason Ladwig was arraigned on two counts of aggravated robbery in Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday. Police arrested Ladwig at approximately 10:15 p.m. Wednesday during a suspected break-in at his former roommate's home on Seymour Avenue.

The arrest marked the end of a string of at least three robberies that began early that morning at a Columbus Tim Horton's where the suspect was employed.

Detectives believe Ladwig then robbed a UDF on Sunbury and Morse roads in Northeast Columbus, before striking again at Walmart on E. Main Street in Whitehall.

Witnesses told police Ladwig claimed to be carrying a gun during the UDF and Walmart robberies, but did not display a weapon during either crime.

"I am a nervous wreck. A nervous wreck. Never in my life have I experienced anything like this, but it happened to me," said Floree Smith, a Walmart clerk allegedly held up by Ladwig.

A suspect believed by police to be Ladwig was caught by security cameras wearing a Tim Hortons jacket during both robberies.

Ladwig, 37, is scheduled to appear in court on December 13.
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