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January 7, 2014

Police release details on two armed robberies

SUMMERHILL — A man took off with a cash register drawer full of money and cigarettes after robbing a Summerhill convenience store at gunpoint Monday evening, state police said.

The robbery occurred about an hour after an attempted holdup at the South Fork News Stand on Main Street.

State police in Ebensburg said the robber entered the Country Mart store on Bridge Street around 7:50 p.m. Monday.

He brandished a handgun and demanded money, Trooper Joel Penatzer wrote in a news release.

“The store clerk obliged ... and the actor fled on foot, traveling southeast on Cypress Street, to a vehicle which was waiting on Wendroth Avenue,” Penatzer wrote.

The vehicle drove east toward Main Street.

The robber was described as a white male, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing dark clothing, a hooded jacket and a bandana.

In the first incident, a woman described as wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a scarf entered the South Fork News Stand, borough police Chief Shawn McDonald said.

The woman, who had a kitchen knife with an 8-inch blade, demanded money but fled from the store without any cash, he said.

“There were two people in the store, a clerk and another witness,” McDonald said, noting that the knife and some clothing were recovered.

Police also are reviewing surveillance video to determine the robber’s identity and are asking anyone with information that might assist their efforts to call the station at 495-9886.

The Summerhill holdup and attempted robbery in South Fork occurred within about an hour of one another, and McDonald said it’s possible they are related.

“We’ve compared notes with state police. We don’t know anything for sure at this point, but we’re not ruling that out,” he said.

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