Robbery suspect hits North Belle Vernon again
By Jeremy Sellew
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 1:12 p.m.
North Belle Vernon police are investigating an attempted robbery at the 7-Eleven station located at 3 Fayette St.
Police were dispatched to the business just after 3 a.m. Wednesday.
The suspect was described as a male wearing a red, hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants with a white dish towel over his face. He was described as being approximately 6-feet-2 and a very thin build.
He did not get any money in his attempt.
Police Chief Jim Bedsworth said he is “extremely confident” that the suspect is the same person involved in at least three other recent robberies in the Mon Valley.
During the weekend, someone robbed the CoGo's store along Route 51 in Perryopolis, the Marathon/BFS gas station in Rostraver Township, and Sunoco stations in Monessen and North Belle Vernon. The 7-Eleven that the suspect visited Wednesday is right across the street from the Sunoco.
The suspect allegedly fled on foot toward the rear of the building, police said.
The clerk at the store, Renee Williamson, told police she was in the back of the store when she heard the bell on the front door ring twice. When she came out of the storeroom, the suspect approached the counter and told her to open the cash register. She said “no,” and reached for the panic alarm.
Williamson said the actor looked out the door, looked back at her, then fled out the door toward the area where the trash bins are located at the rear of the building.
Washington Township officer Brandon Zuraw arrived on scene at the rear of the building and stated that he could hear the suspect running. Police headed toward the area of Brown and Wilson streets.The suspect used a piece of concrete to hold open the door similar to the method in other burglaries. The piece, marked with the word “Buckhorn,” was taken for evidence.
Police will attempt to obtain video from the adjacent Sunoco to see if the suspect can be identified.
Officers from Monessen, Washington Township, Rostraver Township, and a K-9 officer from Charleroi Regional were called in to assist. Troopers from state police Belle Vernon barracks also responded.
Tervita Corp., operator of a Rostraver Township landfill, issued a release Wednesday offering a $5,000 reward for “information leading to the arrest of individuals involved in robbing a gas station” in Rostraver. According to the release, the man who robbed the Marathon/BFS station was wearing green coveralls with a Tervita logo on the back.
“We are disturbed by these robberies and are concerned for the safety of the community,” said Adam Selker, manager of the landfill. “We operate in the region and we have employees who live here. The safety of our employees and the public at large is our number one priority and we look forward to these suspects being taken off the street.
“We are concerned these individuals are misrepresenting our company and our values,” Selker is quoted as saying in the release. “We hope by offering this reward, people with information will be encouraged to step forward and help the authorities catch these criminals.”
The detail of the Tervita logo had not been previously reported by police.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2667.
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