Pemberville man sent to jail for violating sanctions


A Pemberville man who was placed on community control after robbing a Bowling Green convenience store is back in jail.

Joshua Cox, 27, appeared Jan. 31 in the courtroom of Wood County Common Pleas Court Judge Matt Reger.

On Nov. 30, 2021, he was placed on community control for five years after pleading guilty to robbery, a second-degree felony.

Since that time, he has violated his conditions of community control twice.

On May 23, a community control violation was filed after Cox was charged with drug abuse in Toledo Municipal Court. The next day during an appointment with adult probation, he admitted to using crack cocaine.

His community control was continued, and he was transferred to the Zepf Recovery Center,

He violated his community control sanctions after a urinalysis conducted Dec. 28 yielded a positive result for cocaine. He denied the use of cocaine but said he used tobacco from a pipe that may have contained residue.

On Jan. 21, Reger imposed a jail sentence of 180 days and ordered a review hearing every month starting in September.

Cox was indicted in August 2021 for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

In October 2021, he pleaded guilty to the amended charge of robbery, a second-degree felony. The second charge was dismissed.

On July 13, 2021, Cox entered Circle K at 1602 E. Wooster St. and held a knife to the clerk and demanded money. He left the store with two cans of beer. A search warrant of his home found the clothing he was wearing at the time of the robbery – ascertained through video surveillance — hidden in the drop ceiling tiles in his bedroom.

According to court documents, when questioned, Cox confessed to the robbery.

Video surveillance of the incident showed Cox apologized to the clerk for what he was doing.

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