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Hearing postponed for 2 suspects in West Mifflin pharmacy robbery

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:16 a.m.

A hearing for two suspects in a 2012 West Mifflin pharmacy robbery has been continued for a week.

White Oak Magisterial District Judge Thomas G. Miller Jr. postponed the hearing for Bobby P. Hast, 34, of McKeesport and Scott A. May, 41, of Fairbanks, Fayette County, until Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Miller said Hast may be seeking a private attorney. Hast has been represented by an assistant Allegheny County public defender while May has two private attorneys.

The two men were charged in connection with the April 13, 2012, armed robbery at Penn-Taft Pharmacy in West Mifflin.

Both are charged with robbery and conspiracy. In addition, Hast is charged with theft by unlawful taking, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and firearms violations.

Shortly before 5 p.m. that day, according to West Mifflin police, an armed robber waved a gun at employees of the pharmacy along Pennsylvania Avenue.

The store owner told Trib Total Media news exchange partner WPXI-11 that a man wearing a wig covered his face as he terrorized the employees.

The robber fled with the store's entire supply of pain pills and morphine as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.

The case was moved on a change of venue to Miller's courtroom from that of Magisterial District Judge Richard D. Olasz Jr. in West Mifflin.

On May 5, charges against Hast and May were held for trial by Magisterial District Judge Beth S. Mills in the June 20, 2012, holdup at Central Pharmacy along Simpson Howell Road in Elizabeth Township.

As is the case in the Penn-Taft robbery, Hast was charged with multiple counts while May was charged only with robbery and conspiracy.

May is free on bond while Hast is in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond in the West Mifflin case and $10,000 bond in the Elizabeth Township case.

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

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