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Pa. man sentenced in theft from grocery store employees

October 13, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Newburg, Pa., man who pleaded guilty to participating in the 2003 robbery of more than $10,000 from two employees of a Mercersburg, Pa., grocery store was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 58 months to 10 years in state prison.

Nicholas Brandon Weist, 23, of 311 Newburg Road, pleaded guilty Aug. 17 to criminal conspiracy to commit robbery in the March 4, 2004, holdup of two employees of Jane's Market, 431 Loudon Road, according to court records.

Mercersburg police said the robbery occurred shortly after 7 p.m. when the two employees were taking the day's receipts to a local bank. A Ford Escort occupied by two men pulled up next to them, with one of the men sticking a rifle out of the car's window and demanding the money, police said.

The robbers got away with cash and checks totaling $10,277.22, police said. A witness to the robbery attempted to follow the car, but lost sight of it in traffic.

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On April 11, 2005, police said Franklin County Crime Solvers received a tip from a caller implicating Weist and another person in the holdup. On June 10 and 11, police spoke with others who reported Weist had been "flashing money around" and said he got it by robbing a grocery store in St. Thomas, Pa.

Also charged in connection with the robbery is Joshua J. Berkey, 22, of 8767 Kings Road, Waynesboro, Pa., according to court records. Berkey's case is listed for the November trial term, records state.

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