BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police have arrested a man they say stole a car from a gas station and then robbed a bank in Boardman.
Michael Varchulik, of Campbell, was arrested Thursday afternoon after investigators found the stolen car on Hunter Avenue in Youngstown.
Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols said Varchulik stole a maroon-colored Oldsmobile from Speedway on Midlothian Boulevard. The car had been left running in the parking lot.
He then drove to McDonald’s on Western Reserve Road, where he tried to rob the restaurant, police said.
Around 8:30 a.m., McDonald’s employees reported that a man drove up to the drive-thru window after ordering a large coffee. An employee said the man was wearing an Ohio State mask over his face and demanded money from the cash register after handing her $1 for the coffee.
The employee told police that she thought the man was joking but later noticed he was wearing a mask and had his hand in his pocket, pointing it at her as if he had a gun. She said she closed the window, and he drove away without any cash.
Nichols said after the unsuccessful attempt, he went to Huntington Bank on South Avenue, where he passed a note to a teller and made off with some money. The note said “Robbery! 100$ 50$ You won’t be hurt hurry,” according to a police report.
Police said he was wearing the same Ohio State mask that was worn during the attempted robbery of McDonald’s.
“Talking to some of the officers that were on scene, they sensed a desperation in him to get money,” Nichols said. “The group of officers that were there developed enough leads to know where he was hiding out. They did what they had to do and made the apprehension.”
Varchulik was arrested after a brief search. Police siad he was cooperative, and he didn’t have any weapons.
Boardman Police arrested Varchulik last month for a drug possession charge. He was also charged with breaking and entering and criminal trespassing at a Lowellville business in August.