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Man charged with robbing Pa. store

April 07, 1998|By DON AINES

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man was charged Monday with robbing Valley Market, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Jeremy L. Strock, 23, was stopped within minutes of the robbery at Valley Market, 96 Path Valley Road, state police said.

According to police, a man entered the convenience store at about 4:53 p.m. and demanded money from two cashiers.

The man took $300 and was seen leaving the area in a black Chevrolet Blazer, authorities said.

At about 5 p.m., a trooper was on the way to the robbery scene when he saw a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car traveling east on U.S. 30.

He turned his patrol car around and followed the Blazer, police said.

The Blazer turned on Campbells Run Road, where a man got out and approached the trooper with arms outstretched, police said.

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Inside the Blazer, police found a shotgun and $257, according to police.

Jim Clever, owner of Valley Market, said he was taking his dinner break when the holdup occurred.

Clever said employees told him the man was wearing a poncho with the hood up over a cap and sunglasses.

"He wandered around the store for a while" before approaching one of the cashiers, Clever said. He said the man "mumbled" something to the cashier and she asked him what he said.

Clever said the man pulled up the sleeve of the poncho and showed her the barrel of the weapon.

When he demanded money, the clerk handed it over and he fled on foot across a field behind the store to a vehicle. Clever said the employees were able to give state police a description of the vehicle.

Although it was one of the busiest times of the day and the store was packed with customers, Clever said there had just been a shift change and there was very little money in the register.

"All I saw was a guy running across the parking lot," said Connie Butts, who lives across the road from the market. Clever said one person was hurt in the holdup. An employee went to the manager's office to report what was happening and broke her finger when she shut the door on her hand.

Staff Writer Amy Wallauer contributed to this story.

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