Greensburg man charged with robbing Family Dollar in Apollo
By Chuck Biedka
Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 12:41 a.m.
A Greensburg man accused of suggestively holding one of his hands inside a coat pocket as he robbed an Apollo store on Sunday called police two days later to confess, state police say.
Scott Kevin Oberdorf, 43, of Harvey Avenue, Greensburg was in the Armstrong County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $20,000 bail awaiting a preliminary hearing. Police say the suspect is the same man who threatened to blow up the Leechburg Bridge last year.
About 8 p.m. Sunday, Oberdorf allegedly stole about $100 from the Family Dollar store in North Plaza.
Oberdorf held his hand in his coat and demanded that the clerk “give me the money,” but the clerk thought he was kidding and told him so, police said. Oberdorf repeated his demand and shoved a counter display at the clerk before receiving money, police said.
Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oberdorf allegedly called state police in Kittanning to say he wanted to surrender. A trooper went to an Apollo hotel, where Oberdorf was arrested. Oberdorf is charged with robbery, theft and harassment.A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 26.
Oberdorf pleaded guilty to making a phone call threatening to blow up the Leechburg Bridge on Dec. 12, 2012.
Police said Oberdorf checked himself into a hospital for a psychological evaluation soon after and was arrested when he was released. He served several months in a county jail.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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