The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 1, 2013

Armed robbers target pair of local businesses

Kathy Mellott

JOHNSTOWN — Authorities in two counties are on the lookout for armed robbers who struck businesses Monday.

Two men with a handgun robbed the Dollar General store, 21 Bridge St. in the city’s Moxham section. Five hours earlier, two men brandishing knives robbed Denny’s Restaurant in Bedford County.

Johnstown police Capt. Andrew Frear said two men wearing dark clothing approached a female employee as she was opening the Dollar General around 7:20 a.m.

One of the men put a handgun to her back and demanded money.

The pair made off with an undisclosed amount of cash after forcing the employee to the front of the store, where they handcuffed her to a cash register.

Frear said the pair is believed to have fled on foot.

“Both were possibly wearing masks,” Frear said.

Two people at Denny’s on Business Route 220, near the Bedford Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford Township, definitely were wearing ski masks when they robbed the restaurant around 2 a.m.

The two entered the business and, showing knives, made the employees go to the rear of the business, where they kicked in the door of the office and took an unknown number of “cash drop bags” containing an unknown amount of cash, state police at Bedford said.

The two were picked up on a camera security system at the restaurant that provided the following description:

One man is 6’4” and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, gray ski mask, light blue jeans, black gloves, pants and shoes.

The second man is 5’9”, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, ski mask, gloves, pants and shoes – all black.

The employees were unable to tell police what type of vehicle the robbers were driving or in what direction they fled.

No injuries were reported by employees at Denny’s or Dollar General.

Anyone with information regarding the Denny’s robbery can call state police at 623-6133.



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