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Pa. man sentenced in pair of robberies

October 13, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man who pleaded guilty to two robberies was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 71/2 to 15 years in state prison and ordered to pay more than $20,000 in restitution to the victims of the robberies and three burglaries.

"My mind was clouded with drugs when I committed these crimes," Thomas E. Munn said during the sentencing hearing before Judge Carol Van Horn. He apologized to the victims and "especially to my two daughters."

Munn, 42, of 33 E. Main St., pleaded guilty May 26 to two counts of robbery for a Jan. 31, 2004, holdup of the Wayne Avenue Sunoco, 1070 Wayne Ave., Chambersburg, and the March 2, 2004, robbery of Waynesboro Food & Fuel, 806 S. Potomac St., Waynesboro. Charges against Munn in four other cases were dismissed as part of the plea agreement, according to court records.

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According to the affidavit of probable cause, Munn entered the Sunoco station and handed the cashier a note reading "Give me all your money or I'll shoot you dead." As he left the gas station with the money, he turned to the cashier and said, "Sorry. Hard times," the affidavit stated.

In the Waynesboro Food & Fuel robbery, the affidavit stated Munn threatened the cashier with a knife and demanded the surveillance camera videotape along with the cash.

When Munn was taken into custody on March 23, 2004, he was also charged with break-ins at The Record Herald, 30 Walnut St.; Nu-Way Cleaners, 2 Mulberry St.; and Save-A-Lot grocery store, 712 S. Potomac St.; and the theft of a pickup truck, according to court records.

In the March 23, 2004, Save-A-Lot burglary, he drove his car through the front of the store at about 2 a.m. , but found the automatic teller machine inside contained no cash, according to Waynesboro police.

Two computers were stolen in the March 13, 2003, break-in at The Record Herald, police said. No cash was stolen from Nu-Way Cleaners, police said.

Defense attorney James Reed said Munn was addicted to heroin at the time the crimes were committed.

"Some of the facts and circumstances of the case are unclear to him" because of his drug use, Reed said.

Munn told Van Horn he would use his time in prison "positively" to rebuild his life.

The judge fined Munn $600 and gave him 567 days credit for time served. She ordered him to pay $15,000 in restitution to Save-A-Lot, $4,598 to The Record Herald, $360 to Waynesboro Food & Fuel, $300 to Wayne Avenue Sunoco and $200 to Nu-Way Cleaners.

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