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Man charged in New Stanton Sunoco robbery

| Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, 5:18 p.m.

A former Penn Township man is accused of holding up a Sunoco convenience store last week in New Stanton.

Anthony Ross Giacchino, 27, was charged by state police in Greensburg with robbery, making terroristic threats, theft and harassment in connection with a holdup at the store at 100 Center Ave. after noon Thursday.

Police allege that Giacchino placed three Slim Jim beef sticks and a $5 bill on the counter and when the cashier opened the register, he stuck his hand in his pocket as if he had a weapon and demanded all of the money.

Police said Giacchino ran from the store, but troopers noticed a man fitting the robber's description in the parking lot of a nearby Sheetz convenience store.

The clerk later identified Giacchino as the robber. Police recovered the three snacks and $223 taken in the robbery from Giacchino's coat pocket.

He was arraigned before Jeannette District Judge Joseph DeMarchis and ordered held in the county prison after failing to post $250,000 bail. Giacchino's preliminary hearing on the robbery is scheduled before Scottdale District Judge Charles Moore.

He is also awaiting preliminary hearings for recent burglaries in Irwin and Penn Township, and three retail theft incidents at Wal-Mart stores in Hempfield and North Huntingdon, according to court documents.

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