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Armed robber skips bail, is sentenced in absentia

January 04, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man convicted of a 2004 armed robbery in Mercersburg, Pa., was sentenced to state prison Wednesday in Franklin County Court, but authorities will first have to get their hands on him.

Judge John Walker sentenced Joshua Jay Berkey, 25, in absentia to 4 1/2 to 10 years in prison for first-degree felony robbery. Walker's sentencing order dictated that he be sent immediately to state prison once he is apprehended.

Berkey, of 8767 Kings Road, had been out of jail on $50,000 unsecured bail when he failed to show up for sentencing, according to court records. He pleaded guilty on Sept. 7 to the March 4, 2004, robbery of two employees of Jane's Market in Mercersburg.

According to court records, the two employees were carrying $10,277.22 in cash, money orders and checks to deposit when a car pulled up next to them on Loudon Street. A man in the back seat of the car pointed a rifle at them and ordered them to "put the money in the car now."

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It was more than a year later, in April 2005, when Mercersburg police received a Crime Solvers tip that led them to another suspect in the case. Berkey was arrested in June 2005, according to court records.

Walker also sentenced Berkey to a year on probation and fined him $300 on a charge of possession of cocaine.

Court records stated Berkey had been picked up on a bench warrant in March 2006. While he was in a police cruiser he was seen squirming in the back seat and a subsequent search of the vehicle turned up about a dozen pieces of crack cocaine between the seat cushions, court records stated.

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