Export man accused in robbery, jewelry theft

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

A preference in cigarettes and a tip from a relative led Murrysville police to arrest an Export man for an armed robbery at the Choice Cigarette Outlet.

In a separate incident, Cory Joseph Dusch, 23, of 5546 Jackson Ave., is accused of pawning jewelry he stole from his grandmother.

State police are investigating him for a robbery at the Export Laundromat, according to court records.

Dusch is in the Westmoreland County Prison along with his sister, Katie Marie Dusch, 27, who was charged in the jewelry theft.

In court papers, Murrysville police said they were called on Sept. 30 just before midnight to investigate an armed robbery at the Choice outlet along Route 22.

A man had robbed the clerk at gunpoint, stealing $113 from the cash register along with a few packs of Marlboro Full Flavor 100 cigarettes.

The store only keeps a few cartons of that brand in stock. And Cory Dusch was one of the few people who bought them, police said.

A police dog led officers from the store to Dusch's home on Jackson Avenue, police said.

A month later, a woman filed a theft report with Murrysville police.

The victim told police that she had noticed a piece of jewelry missing from her home after her granddaughter and grandson — Katie and Cory Dusch — had come to her house to use the bathroom.

The woman and her daughter tracked the jewelry to Direct Jewelry Outlet in Murrysville, where a pawn slip showed Cory Dusch had sold several pieces for $326, court papers indicate.

Only Katie Dusch had gone to the second floor of the home the day the jewelry disappeared, the victim told police.

Katie Dusch was arrested for the theft on Nov. 2.

When police attempted to arrest Cory Dusch, they learned he had attempted suicide by ingesting pills. He was committed to a mental health ward at Forbes Regional Hospital by family members, court records show.

Shortly after, Dusch's older sister, Sarah, told police that items in the Dusch home led her to believe her brother had committed an armed robbery at the Export Laundromat.

The suspect in that robbery demanded money from an attendant who was servicing equipment around 2 a.m. Oct. 28, police said. When the employee told the robber he had no money, the man pulled a handgun from his pocket and told the worker “he was serious.”

The employee again said he had no money, and the man ran away.

Murrysville police and state troopers, who were investigating the laundromat robbery, searched the Dusch home last week.

They found a revolver-type BB gun that matched the description of the gun used in the Choice robbery and clothes that match those worn by the robber, police said.

Officers found an automatic-type pellet gun that matched the weapon used in the laundromat robbery and a backpack believed to have been used in that crime, according to court documents.

Police have not charged Cory Dusch with the laundromat robbery. The investigating trooper has been deployed to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

In the Choice robbery, Cory Dusch was arraigned Tuesday by Export District Judge Charles Conway on charges of robbery, reckless endangerment, theft and receiving stolen property.

He was arraigned on five counts of receiving stolen property, five counts of theft and one count of conspiracy for the alleged jewelry theft. Katie Dusch was charged with five counts of receiving stolen property, five counts of theft and one count of conspiracy.

Both face preliminary hearings on Dec. 11 before Conway.

Jennifer Reeger is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155 or jreeger@tribweb.com.

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