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Cranberry police seek man claiming to have bomb as he robbed drug store

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Cranberry police are searching for a man who claimed to be holding a bomb as he tried to rob a drugstore Monday night. The man is described as white, between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall, with a thin build and brown hair. He was wearing a sleeveless green shirt, blue jeans, a black bandana covering the lower portion of his face, blue surgical gloves and some kind of black covering on his upper right arm.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 2:24 p.m.
 

Cranberry police are searching for a man who claimed to be holding a bomb as he tried to rob a drugstore Monday night.

Cranberry police said the man walked into the Rite Aid on Route 19 just before 9:25 p.m. and demanded drugs from the pharmacist. The man fled before police arrived without obtaining any drugs, and police said a search of the area was unsuccessful.

The man is described as white, between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall, with a thin build and brown hair. He was wearing a sleeveless green shirt, blue jeans, a black bandana covering the lower portion of his face, blue surgical gloves and a black covering on his upper right arm.

Police can't say for certain whether the device, with two silver pipes, wires or a wick and attached to a box, was an actual bomb, police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said, but police are treating the incident as if it was a real explosive device.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cranberry police at 724-776-5180, ext. 5.

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