Man charged following Gina’s Drive-Thru robbery

EAST LIVERPOOL – City police were called Tuesday night to Gina’s Drive-Thru on Pennsylvania Avenue, where a man ran into the clerk’s office and pushed Lyle Foster, 47, from behind, causing him to fall into a display and suffer a cut to his forehead.

The man then forced the cashier to open the cash register, demanding money, according to detectives, who said he reached into the register and removed an unspecified amount of money before fleeing toward Elmwood Street.

Detective Greg Smith said the man had wrapped a yellow T-shirt around his head, cutting out holes for his eyes, also using strips of the shirt to cover up tattoos on his arms and hands.

Surveillance video led officers to believe they recognized the person from his build and a tattoo on his calf which had not been completely concealed, and they had Adult Parole place a hold on Jason Vantilburg, 42, as their suspect.

They located him at his Kent Street home and Smith said that, during an interview, Vantilburg admitted to him that he had been the person who robbed the drive-through. Vantilburg was charged with aggravated robbery.

He appeared Thursday in East Liverpool Municipal Court, where he was bound over on the charge to county Common Pleas Court, with $100,000 cash/surety bond set by Judge Melissa Byers Emmerling.