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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Armed suspects rob Pennsylvania Walmart

Occurred November 8, 2013.
Scene of armed robbery at Boothwyn Walmart (source)

(UPDATED -- see below)

Three men, armed with a shotgun, held up employees at a Walmart store in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania.  They fled with cash, but were quickly caught by police.

Luckily no shots were fired.

From an article:
Police say the masked gunmen held up the Walmart in the Larkins Corner Shopping Center in Boothwyn around closing time. 
They got away with a large amount of cash, but they didn't get very far. 
Police caught up with the suspects after Walmart security gave them a detailed description of the three men and the getaway vehicle. 
Upper Chichester Police caught up with them near Township Line Road and Carter Avenue in Chester Township. 
A shotgun and the cash were found in the car. 
All three suspects were taken into custody.
Walmart.  Save money.  Die faster.

UPDATE (11/12/13):  The three suspects have been named and charged.  One was a former employee of the Walmart store.  More details from an article:
Employees and customers were shaken, but not injured during the robbery, which took place at 11:15 p.m., about 45 minutes before closing. Two employees had begun collecting cash and checks from the registers at the front of the store when two men — their faces and heads covered — entered through the exit door, according to the affidavit of probable cause written by Detective John Montgomery. 
The two men, later identified as Parker and Cottman-Jordan, allegedly accosted the two employees who had placed some $29,000 in cash and $50,000 in checks into a locked box in a shopping cart. The suspect ordered the employees to let go of the shopping cart, but the employees refused. Cottman-Jordan, who was wearing a red hoodie, then allegedly pulled out a black rifle and pointed it at the employees, again ordering them to let go of the cart. 
Fearing for their lives, the employees complied. Parker and Cottman-Jordan fled with the cart containing the cash and checks, according to the court document. 
Witnesses told police the two suspects pushed the cart to an occupied gray or silver Dodge, which was waiting outside of the store. The two tossed the contents of the cart into the trunk, jumped into the car and sped away, according to police. Witnesses said the trunk of the Dodge was still open when the car drove away. 
Information about the getaway car was broadcast over police radio. 
Several minutes later, Trainer Police Officer Matthew McCusker spotted a silver Dodge Avenger leaving the Conchester Highway at Township Line Road at a high rate of speed, its trunk still open. McCusker radioed for backup, then stopped the vehicle at Carter Road with assistance from officers from Trainer, Lower Chichester and Marcus Hook. 
When police approached the car, several blue deposit bags reportedly were seen in the open trunk, the affidavit states. 
Loper, the driver of the car, was identified as a former Wal-Mart employee, police said. He, Parker and Cottman-Jordan were ordered out of the car. The two store employees were driven to the scene and identified the getaway car and Parker and Cottman-Jordan as the men who robbed them at gunpoint, police said. 
The three suspects were transported to police headquarters, where 15 bags of heroin allegedly were found in Cottman-Jordan’s possession, according to the affidavit. 
Investigators located a black Mossberg .22-caliber rifle in front of the Wal-Mart near a bench, according to the court document. The serial number of the rifle had been altered, the affidavit states.