Police release photo of repeat robber

SHENANGO TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WKBN) – Shenango Township police on Tuesday released a photo of the man they said robbed the same gas station twice over the holiday weekend.

Shenango Township Police Superintendent William Phillips said they have a lead in the case, but no one has yet been arrested for robbing the Valero gas station on East Washington Street.

“We do have a lead, nothing substantial yet, and we did have a witness to the second one, that actually saw the perpetrator running from the business,” Phillips said.

Police released the suspect’s picture, which shows a man dressed in a dark sweatshirt, camouflage pants and a bandanna over his face. Phillips said the man walked into the Valero service station around 10:15 p.m. on Friday and demanded money from the clerk.

The clerk told police the robber said he had gun, but he did not show it. He ran away after taking an undetermined amount of cash.

Then around midnight Sunday, the same suspect came back.

“When he walked in he said ‘it’s me again’ and again said he had a weapon, never showed it and left again on foot southbound,” Phillips said.

Police are waiting for the owners of Valero to release high definition surveillance video of the crimes taking place.

“Right now, we just have some blurry photos that we posted,” Phillips said.

Shenango Township Police post suspects’ pictures to its Facebook page. The superintendent said social media has become quite the crime fighting tool.

“It’s been invaluable. We have solved many crimes with the help of the public and it’s an easy way for them to do it,” Phillips said.

Phillips hopes the public also can help identify a man police said tried to steal merchandise Monday from Giant Eagle on New Butler Road,

” I think it was about $160 worth of razor blades,” Phillips said.

He said the man dropped the razors and took off.

Anyone with information about either of these incidents should contact the Shenango Township Police Department.





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