ShareThis Page

Elizabeth Township gas station robber sought

| Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 2:41 a.m.

Elizabeth Township police are being assisted by officers from Allegheny County and other local departments in the search for a masked robber.

The lone robber accosted a clerk at the BP along Smithfield Street in the township's Boston neighborhood on Wednesday around 6 p.m.

“We had a guy walk into the station with a dark hoodie, black jacket, ski mask and gloves,” township police Chief Robert McNeilly said. “He was a white male with blue eyes. When he left there he fled on foot on Smithfield Street toward the Boston Bridge.”

While early reports indicated it may have been an armed robbery, authorities were not clear late on Wednesday about whether a weapon was involved.

“There were a lot of agencies that came in to help,” McNeilly said. “Allegheny County detectives were called in, as well as McKeesport K-9 officers and ... there were quite a few departments.”

The clerk on duty was alone at the time of the robbery. No injuries were reported.

McNeilly said surveillance video is being studied at the BP as well as other nearby businesses.

It is the second robbery in the Boston area in recent months. On July 29 at around 11 p.m., the American Natural station along Smithfield Street was robbed during an overnight stretch in which McKeesport and White Oak convenience stores also were robbed.

Jeffrey Betters, 45, of the township's Greenock section was arrested on July 30 after a high-speed chase through several municipalities. He was charged in the McKeesport and White Oak holdups.

Betters remains in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of bond. He was formally arraigned in the McKeesport robbery on Oct. 25 and faces formal arraignment in the White Oak case on Nov. 19.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.