Cops: Laborer robbed Pa. drug store with fake bomb

CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man who tried to rob a western Pennsylvania pharmacy was a construction worker who built a fake bomb using PVC pipe and an old cell phone.

Cranberry Township police on Wednesday charged 34-year-old Matthew Macher with robbing the Rite Aid on Route 19 about 9:15 p.m. Monday. That’s about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Police say they found Macher at a construction site after several people called police to say they recognized him from surveillance photos distributed through Pittsburgh media outlets.

Police say Macher panicked when one of the store’s employees ran away, and Macher also ran away without taking any money or the painkilling drugs he allegedly demanded.

Macher faces a preliminary hearing May 10 on charges including robbery, terroristic threats and simple assault.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for him.

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