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