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Trial ordered in Donora convenience store heist

| Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Cathy Lynn Kelly, 51, of Donora, arrested for committing an alleged armed robbery, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, outside a Donora convenience store.
Cathy Lynn Kelly, 51, of Donora, arrested for committing an alleged armed robbery, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, outside a Donora convenience store.

A Donora woman was ordered to stand trial in Washington County Court for an alleged Dec. 17 convenience store robbery in Donora.

Cathy Lynn “Kit Kat” Kelly, also known as Cathy Harris, 51, of 871 McKean Ave., Apt. 1, appeared for a preliminary hearing Thursday in Monongahela before Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson.

Police claim Kelly used a large kitchen knife to threaten clerk Monir Shenouda, who was locking the Uni-Mart on Meldon Avenue just after midnight.

Kelly allegedly wore a dark hooded sweatshirt and a mask during the hold-up.

Kelly is charged with aggravated assault, robbery and recklessly endangering another person.

“I locked up the store and saw someone coming ... jumping at me,” Shenouda testified Thursday.

“She said, ‘I'm going to kill you if you don't give me the money.' I told her that I had no money and to please not kill me because I have kids.”

Shenouda said he grabbed $3 out of his pocket, threw it as far as he could, ran to his car and drove to the Donora police station.

Shenouda said he suffered a cut on his left hand during the incident, but didn't seek medical treatment because “it wasn't that bad.”

Donora police Officer Neal Rands testified that he and another officer went to the scene, followed a set of fresh shoeprints in the snow up Eighth Street, went north in the 800 block of Cypress Way, then west up Ninth Street.

The prints ended near a set of stairs on the side of Harris' residence, police said.

Washington County Assistant Public Defender Russell Korner asked Shenouda how he knew it was Kelly who robbed him.

“Her voice. It was the same voice,” Shenouda said as Kelly shook her head as if in denial. “I heard her voice when the police took me into her apartment.

“I saw the knife and the mask there. I knew it when she was talking to the police.”

Rands said Shenouda was taken to Kelly's apartment for identification purposes.

At the residence, officers claim they found a black scarf-type mask, wet shoes that matched the footprints, and a large knife by the kitchen sink.

Korner asked for a reduction in Kelly's $100,000 straight cash bond.

“Denied,” Wilson quickly responded.

Kelly remained in the Washington County Correctional Facility Thursday.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

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