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Greencastle man wanted in Nov. 29 robbery is arrested

Robert Stokes is charged with the robbery of a Salvation Army kettle

December 08, 2011
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A man wanted in a Salvation Army kettle robbery last month in the Chambersburg, Pa., area was taken into custody Wednesday morning in Waynesboro, and is accused of trying to take an officer's gun during the arrest, police said.

Robert Stokes, 19, of 3524 Brook St., Greencastle, Pa., was arrested at 8:31 a.m. on a warrant charging him with robbery.

He was turned over to Pennsylvania State Police, who investigated the robbery on Warm Spring Road in Hamilton Township, Pa., according to a Waynesboro police news release.

After receiving a tip that Stokes was in the area, police found him at 126 Hamilton Ave. Police said Stokes attempted to flee and tried unsuccessfully to take a Waynesboro officer's handgun.

Police said in the release that Stokes resisted arrest, and a Taser was used to subdue him.

Stokes was in possession of a silver .38-caliber handgun, the release said.

Stokes is charged with escape, fleeing or attempting to elude police, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, traffic offenses, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery and conspiracy to commit theft, according to online court records.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

A donation kettle was stolen at about 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 from a Salvation Army bell ringer who uses a wheelchair, state police said.

The 62-year-old Chambersburg woman was collecting donations at Sunnyway Foods at 49 Warm Spring Road when two males stole the kettle, state police said.

One of the males, dressed in dark clothing with a pink and white cloth around his head, took the kettle and ran to a white vehicle driven by the other male, state police said.

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