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Men charged in Mercersburg robbery

June 28, 2005

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Two men were charged this month by Mercersburg Police in the March 2004 armed robbery of two grocery store clerks while they were walking across the store's parking lot to deposit the day's receipts in a bank.

Mercersburg Patrolman George Webber identified the suspects as Joshua Berkey, 24, of 223 S. Potomac St., Waynesboro, and Nicholas Weist, 23, of 311 Newburg Road, Newburg, Pa., in Cumberland County.

They were being held on $100,000 bond each - Weist in Cumberland County Prison and Berkey in Franklin County Prison.

Both were arrested earlier this month, Webber said.

Both have been charged with armed robbery, conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen goods, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, Webber said.

The incident occurred March 4, 2004, around 7 p.m., he said.

He said two employees of Jane's Market at 431 Loudon Road were on foot taking the day's store deposit across the parking lot to a branch of the First National Bank of Mercersburg when they were approached by two men in a turquoise Ford sedan.

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One of the men was in the rear seat. According to police, he pointed a rifle at the clerks and demanded that they hand over the money bag. They obliged and the men drove off, police said.

The bag contained an undisclosed amount of cash, checks and money orders, Webber said.

Police were led to the suspects following a tip in April from Crime Solvers and other information, Webber said.

Thomas credited Webber for persevering in making arrests in the case.

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