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Two charged in Rostraver robberies

| Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, 12:03 a.m.
Charles Andrew Vogel
Brenna O'Hare

A Clairton man is in jail on charges related to a New Year's Day robbery at a BP gas station in Rostraver Township as well as two additional incidents.

His girlfriend, who worked at the one of the convenience stores he allegedly robbed, is accused of helping him.

Rostraver Township police arrested Charles Andrew Vogel, 27, and Brenna O'Hare, 22, both of 1010 Toman Ave., on Thursday.

Police Chief Greg Resetar said his department obtained warrants on Thursday for the couple's arrests for their alleged roles in a burglary at a residence on Salem Church Road. Vogel is accused of entering the house sometime during the day on Nov. 27 and stealing jewelry worth more than $30,000, an Xbox and video games.

The investigation eventually led police to charging Vogel with robberies at the CoGo's and BP-BFS convenience stores along Route 51 near the Rostraver Airport.

On Dec. 30, Vogel allegedly pushed a clerk at the CoGo's, stole an undetermined amount of cash from the back office and fled out a rear door.

Resetar said O'Hare was employed as a clerk at CoGo's, where she was arrested while working Thursday night. O'Hare is charged with receiving stolen property in connection with the Salem Church Road burglary. On Friday, police filed additional charges against O'Hare for conspiracy to commit robbery and receiving stolen property for the CoGo's incident.

Vogel is also accused of robbing the nearby BP-BFS convenience store on New Year's Day. He allegedly pepper-sprayed a clerk in the face before fleeing on foot with an unknown amount of cash.

For all three cases, Vogel is charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, robbery, recklessly endangering the welfare of another person, and simple assault.

Vogel and O'Hare were both arraigned Thursday before West Newton Magisterial District Judge Charles Christner. Vogel was remanded to the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $125,000 bond for all three incidents. O'Hare was remanded to the prison on $25,000 bond. She was awaiting arraignment on the addition charges on Friday.

They are both scheduled for preliminary hearings at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 14 before Christner.

Police said additional charges in all three cases are pending.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at swolford@tribweb.com.

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