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Trio faces more robbery charges

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    From left, Phillip Boschetti Jr., Amber Blackburn and Alan Wharton were indicted on additional counts of aggravated robbery and robbery, according to secret indictments released Thursday.



ELYRIA — The charges continue to pile up for three people police said were involved in a string of armed robberies in the county for a week and half in May.

Philip Boschetti Jr., 24, of Elyria, Amber Blackburn, 26, of Lorain, and Alan Wharton, 29, of Elyria, were indicted on additional counts of aggravated robbery and robbery, according to secret indictments unsealed Thursday.

Boschetti was indicted on four more counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and four counts of second-degree felony robbery. All of the counts also include a specification that Boschetti is a repeat violent offender.

Blackburn and Wharton were each indicted on two more counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of robbery.

Last month, all three were indicted on three counts of aggravated robbery and three counts of robbery.

“These are just additional counts for other things that they’ve run down on investigation,” Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said. “There could be more charges coming.”

The trio was arrested in May after police said they robbed six businesses — convenience stores, gas stations and a restaurant.

On May 21, S&B Gas at 5411 Pearl Ave. was robbed. Six days later, Convenient Food Mart Express, 42163 North Ridge Road, was robbed.

Four more robberies followed within the next 54 hours, concluding with the robbery of Denny’s at 640 Tillotson St. in Elyria, shortly before 6 a.m. May 30.

During a video arraignment of the three in Elyria Municipal Court in May, the prosecutor said firearms were believed to be used in all of the robberies. Police have said Boschetti and Blackburn were dating, and Wharton is believed to have been the getaway driver.

About 1 p.m. May 30, police surrounded what is believed to be a rental home in the 1000 block of North Ridge Road to await the arrival of the SWAT team due to the presumption that there were weapons in the home.

According to a news release from the Elyria Police Department, Boschetti served time in prison for two armed robberies in 2014 — one at the Circle K on East Broad Street and the other at Puffer’s Floral Shop on East River Street. Boschetti was granted judicial release in the fall and was released from prison Oct. 31, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The three are being held in Lorain County Jail.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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