LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Police from Lower Pottsgrove and neighboring municipalities, several of which have been hit in recent weeks by thefts from local convenience stores, are working together to catch the perpetrator after an armed robber showed up early Monday morning (Feb. 13, 2017) at Redner’s Warehouse Market on North Charlotte Street and threatened to shoot a cashier unless he was given money.
The clerk complied. No one was reported injured.
Detectives from the township police department are working the Redner’s case, and Chief Michael Foltz said Tuesday (Feb. 14) they have reached out to nearby jurisdictions “to determine if the suspect is involved in any other similar crimes.”
Monday’s robbery occurred at about 1:17 a.m., Foltz said. An African American male who has yet to be identified, described as about age 40, roughly 6-feet tall and weighing about 185 pounds, entered Redner’s and approached a checkout clerk. He asked to buy a carton of Newport cigarettes, and as the clerk opened the register to accept payment the suspect displayed a black semi-automatic handgun, according to the chief.
The robber demanded the clerk give him all the money in the register, and said he’d use the gun unless the clerk obeyed. Foltz said the amount of cash stolen is being withheld, but the robber took it and the cigarettes, and was last seen fleeing the store on foot toward Mervine Street.
Roughly 90 minutes earlier – on Sunday (Feb. 12) at 11:42 p.m., according to a report from Pottstown police – a suspect entered the Turkey Hill Mini-Mart at 798 N. Charlotte St. in the borough, inquired about cigarette prices, and asked for three cartons. He also claimed to have a gun, but did not display it, the report said. The suspect took the cigarettes and fled the store in an unknown direction.
The Turkey Hill store on East High Street in Sanatoga, the Getty Mart on Buchert Road in Lower Pottsgrove, and the Redner’s on North Charlotte in an earlier incident, also all have been targets of cigarette thefts in weeks past, the chief said.
Is there a connection? That’s what local departments involved are working to discover, Foltz indicated. Anyone who thinks they may have information regarding the crimes is asked to call Lower Pottsgrove police at 610-326-1508.