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Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:56 a.m.
 

Connellsville police said a possible suspect in one of two recent robberies was discovered in Harrisburg.

Chief James Capitos said he was informed on Monday night that the vehicle used in the robbery and its owner were in Harrisburg. The suspect is in the Dauphin County Prison on drug paraphernalia charges and a parole violation.

Capitos said an employee at Domino's was able to get the license plate number from the getaway car.

The robbery occurred at 9:02 p.m. Friday, when a white man with his shirt pulled over his mouth entered Domino's Pizza along North Pittsburgh Street and demanded money from the employee. Police said the robber was wielding a yellow utility knife.

Police said the employee told the robber that she had just made a safe drop and that there was only $15 in the register. She attempted to give him the money.

Police said the man became upset, went behind the counter and picked up the $15 that dropped to the floor.

He left, fleeing the scene in a red, two-door vehicle.

Police can't release the suspect's identity because no charges have been filed in the Connellsville incident. Capitos said police first must interview the suspect to determine if he was involved in the robbery.

The second robbery occurred at 9:40 p.m. April 3 at the Reddy Sunoco along Memorial Boulevard.

Police reported that a man entered the store with his hands in his pockets, indicating he had a gun and demanded money. The clerk refused to cooperate and the man came around the register and started fighting with the clerk, according to police.

The clerk was not injured, but the man was able to pry open the cash register and steal $435.

Police said the man drove off in what is believed to be a four-door maroon vehicle.

The man was described as about 5-foot-6, 120 pounds, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up.

Capitos said police don't know if the two incidents are related.

Anyone with information on either incident should call police at 724-628-2501, ext. 110.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at mhofmann@tribweb.com or 724-626-3539.

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