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Federal grand jury indicts Penn Hills man for robbery spree

| Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 10:06 p.m.

A federal grand jury indicted a Penn Hills man, who is already awaiting trial on charges of shooting a clerk during a robbery in Ross, on charges of robbing that store and six others at gunpoint during a month-long spree.

George Wilson III, 31, also is charged with violating the Hobbs Act, which makes it a federal crime to commit a robbery that affects interstate commerce.

Wilson is now accused of three robberies at a chain of stores known as The Exchange — which buys and sells used CDs and video games and equipment — as well as four convenience stores in a spree that began Nov. 24 and ended the day after Christmas in Wilkins.

Wilson is awaiting trial in Allegheny County on charges of shooting a clerk at The Exchange along McKnight Road in Ross because, according to a criminal complaint, the employee didn't open the register drawer fast enough during a Dec. 2 holdup.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or at mhasch@tribweb.com.

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