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Seven arrested in connection with robberies

January 03, 2007|by DON AINES

McCONNELLSBURG, PA. - Pennsylvania State Police in Fulton County took seven people into custody Tuesday following an armed bank robbery in Hustontown, Pa., and said the investigation has cleared five robberies, three of them in Franklin County.

The six men and one woman were awaiting arraignment Tuesday night following several hours of questioning at the police barracks in McConnellsburg, Trooper Matt Gordon said. They were taken into custody within minutes of the 11:20 a.m. robbery of the F&M Trust Co. branch, he said.

Gordon said the names of the people were not being released Tuesday night. A press conference will be held today with state police from both counties and Fulton County District Attorney Dwight C. Harvey.

The seven people were in two vehicles stopped by police, Gordon said. No shots were fired and no one was injured in the holdup, he said.

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Gordon said the individuals had been interviewed by police for several hours Tuesday. The process was slowed because an interpreter was needed, he said.

Gordon said the questioning indicated members of the group were involved in a number of area robberies in recent weeks. Three of them were in Franklin County, but he would not specify which robberies the group were suspected of committing.

Police in Franklin County have investigated the following holdups in recent weeks:

· The F&M Trust branch in Mont Alto, Pa., was robbed by two gunmen Thursday, Dec. 28., state police said.

· Police in Waynesboro, Pa., were investigating a robbery at the Best Western, 239 W. Main St., shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. A man with a ski mask robbed the hotel office at knifepoint, police said.

· Two masked gunmen held up Ludwig's Jewelers, 121 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa., shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, Chambersburg police said.

· State police responded to an armed robbery Saturday, Dec. 23, at Popeye's Chicken, 1332 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg.

· On Thursday, Dec. 21, three men held up Greencastle Beverage Distributor, 324 W. Franklin St., Greencastle, Pa. Borough police said a bright green car seen leaving the area might have been connected to the robbery.

· At 10:32 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, two men held up the CEBCO Village Mart at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Pa. 914 in Marion, Pa. State police said one of the men was armed with a handgun.

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