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Suspect sought in Rostraver BP station robbery

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Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 6:34 p.m.

Rostraver Township police are looking for a man who robbed a BP convenience store on New Year's Day after spraying the clerk in the face with Mace.

Police said the suspect went into the business off of south Route 51 about 11:31 p.m. and sprayed the clerk with Mace while demanding money from the cash register. The clerk, who was not identified, was able to open the register and give the suspect an unknown amount of cash. The man then fled in an unknown direction on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 5-feet, 8-10-inches tall, wearing a white mask over his face. He was wearing a black hoodie, blue gloves, and white tennis shoes. Police said the aerosol can he used either contained Mace or pepper spray.

Police said the clerk was treated at the scene for face and eye irritation by personnel from Rostraver/West Newton Emergency Medical Services. West Newton police assisted at the scene.

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