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Suspects arrested, charged in two UDF robberies

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 23:26:52-04

CINCINNATI -- Police arrested a pair of suspects in connection to two of the 12 United Dairy Farmers robberies that have taken place throughout Greater Cincinnati since the end of June.

Aaron Brown, 25, stands charged with a July 25 armed robbery at a UDF on Warsaw Avenue; Lorenzo Bratcher, 22, stands charged with a similar incident that took place Aug. 31 at a UDF at Glenmore Avenue.

Each suspect has been charged in connection to just one of the 12 separate incidents, although Cincinnati Police Sgt. Eric Franz said authorities are investigating Bratcher in connection to several others. The remaining 10 span a large portion of Greater Cincinnati, including Norwood, Mount Healthy, Oakley and Pleasant Ridge.

Although none of the incidents has resulted in any injury to UDF cashiers or other customers, Norwood Police Lt. Ron Murphy said he worried that trend wouldn’t continue.

"It's just a matter of time before it turns violent," he said.

UDF spokesman Mark Wilson said in a statement Tuesday that all employees are trained to hand over items that robbers demand in order to prevent injury to either themselves or customers in the store. 

Wilson added that, given the increase in robberies throughout Cincinnati, the company would be reviewing its security policies to evaluate whether it could keep employees and customers safer.