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Chambersburg man charged in pair of Pa. store robberies

June 14, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man has been charged with two convenience store robberies that occurred within five days earlier this month, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

Samuel Thomas Smith, 18, of 284 Philadelphia Ave., has been charged with two counts each of robbery, aggravated assault and theft, according to the release.

The robberies occurred June 4 at the Pit Stop convenience store on Philadelphia Avenue and June 9 at Rutter's Farm Store at 3040 Lincoln Way East, according to the release.

Smith was taken into custody on a warrant and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Gary Carter, police said. Smith was taken to Franklin County Jail on $100,000 bail, according to the release.

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The press release did not state when Smith was apprehended.

Police said a tall, thin white male entered Rutter's on Saturday at 10:40 p.m. and demanded money at gunpoint. The man, who had a black shirt pulled over his head and his face obscured, fled with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the release.

The Pit Stop holdup occurred June 4 at 9:40 p.m., according to the release.

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