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Police arrest drug store robbery suspect who claimed to have a bomb

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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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Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 4:03 p.m.
 

Cranberry police on Wednesday charged a township man with attempting to rob a drug store by claiming he was carrying an explosive device.

Matthew Macher, 34, was jailed upon failing to post $50,000 bond set by District Judge David Kovach on Wednesday on charges related to the 9:25 p.m. Monday incident at the Rite Aid on Route 19.

Police said a man walked in holding a device with two silver pipes and wires and demanded drugs, threatening to set off the device. The man fled before getting any drugs, police said, and a search was unsuccessful.

Police released several pictures of the suspect to local media Tuesday.

Cranberry police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said several people called police Wednesday identifying Macher as a suspect. Mascellino said police arrested him at a construction site. The charges against Macher include robbery, making terroristic threats and simple assault.

According to a criminal complaint, Macher said that the “bomb” was actually PVC pipe and an old cell phone.

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