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Erie robbery suspect charged in Millcreek heist

| Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 7:48 p.m.
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An Erie man charged by city police after he was caught trying to rob a downtown business on Jan. 30 is now accused of robbing a Millcreek Township pizzeria two days earlier.

Anthony M. Giddens, 29, was arraigned early Friday afternoon by Corry District Judge Denise Buell on charges of robbery, theft, terroristic threats and criminal mischief in the robbery of the Domino's Pizza, 1101 Peninsula Drive, on the evening of Jan. 28. Police charge that Giddens entered the business and gave an employee a note that read, “Put the money in the bag. I have a gun I will shoot. If I find a die pouch in my bag I will shoot everybody. Give me all your money,” Millcreek police Det. Brian Henderson wrote in the affidavit of probable cause filed with the criminal complaint.

Giddens stole a small amount of cash and removed the battery from an employee's cell phone, according to the affidavit.

Two employees of the store identified Giddens as the robbery suspect after seeing his photo in the local news media on Jan. 31, when it was broadcast in an Erie police incident from Jan. 30, Henderson wrote in the affidavit. Giddens was charged by Erie police on Jan. 30 with attempting to rob the Adultmart store, 1313 State St., by handing an employee a note which stated he had a gun and threatened the employee if he did not get money, according to Erie police.

Erie police took Giddens into custody from the State Street business after they were called there to investigate an alarm activation. He was arraigned on charges including robbery, terroristic threats, theft and possessing an instrument of crime and was placed in the Erie County Prison on $200,000 bond.

Giddens was returned to prison on an additional $50,000 bond following his arraignment by Buell.

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