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2 of 3 Mon Valley robberies could be related

| Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Three gas stations in the Mon Valley were robbed this weekend. Police believe the first two could be related, but they have not said if they suspect the most recent one is.

A man robbed Sunoco along Donner Avenue in Monessen about 8 p.m. Sunday and ran away, according to a Westmoreland County emergency dispatcher. A weapon was not seen.

A masked gunman robbed the Perryopolis CoGos at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and made off with an undermined amount of cash and a carton of Marlboro cigarettes.

A similar robbery occurred Saturday evening at the Marathon gas station in Rostraver — the second time that business was held up in the past two weeks.

Perryopolis police Chief Roger Beadling said during Sunday morning's robbery, the robber wore gloves, a black hood and a mask that covered everything but his eyes.

The robber brandished a black, semi-automatic pistol, took the items and escaped on foot. Beadling described the suspect as “approximately 6 feet tall with very thin build.” Beadling estimated the suspect's weight between 150 and 160 pounds.

“We believe he headed north on (Route) 51 and got into a vehicle parked behind one of the buildings,” Beadling said. “We're reviewing video of all businesses in the area to gather additional information.”

Rostraver police Chief Greg Resetar said during Saturday's robbery, which occurred about 8 p.m., the robber had his face covered.

“He came in, demanded money and acted as if he had firearm, but never brandished anything,” Resetar said. “An employee outside called 911, but by the time he was finished with the call, (the suspect) vanished.”

The robber fled on foot north along Route 51. Resetar said Saturday's incident was nearly identical to an Oct. 21 robbery at the gas station.

Resetar said in both instances the robber — described as a thin, white male over 6 feet tall — was wearing a jumpsuit or uniform, similar to those worn by a gas company employee.

Both times, the robber escaped on foot toward Route 51 north with an undetermined amount of cash.

Beadling said he thinks the first two robberies are “more than likely” related.

“Despite the different type of clothing, the actor's height and build are nearly identical,” Beadling said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Rostraver police at 724-929-8811 or Perryopolis police at 724-736-0700.

Staff writer Rossilynne Skena contributed to this report. Rick Bruni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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