County convenience stores robbed

January 28, 2013

Two Washington County convenience stores, one in Washington and the other in New Eagle, were robbed Saturday night.

The Exxon, 366 Ridge Ave., Washington, was robbed about 8 p.m. by a man wielding a knife. The 7-Eleven, 468 Main St., New Eagle, was robbed just before the store closed at 11 p.m. by a woman who claimed she had a gun.

The clerk at the Exxon told Washington police a man came in the store and asked her for change. After milling around the store and looking at the security cameras, he selected a Blow Pop and went over to the register.

As the clerk opened the register, the man pushed her back and pulled out a knife in his right hand. He then grabbed the money with his left hand. He fled, running across the street.

The robber was white, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall with light-colored hair. He wore blue jeans, black shoes with white soles, a gray knit cap, black hooded shirt and royal blue jacket with navy blue sleeves. Police will check video surveillance at the store.

In New Eagle, the clerk told police a man entered the store moments before the robber entered and asked what time they closed. When she told him they were closing in a few minutes, he left the store, and the woman robber walked in about 10:45 p.m., said Monongahela police Chief Brian Tempest.

The robber handed the clerk a note demanding all the money and claiming she had a gun. The clerk handed over the money to the woman. The clerk then reached in an apparent attempt to retrieve the money. The robber pushed the clerk back and then sprayed pepper spray on the employee.

The robber then fled. Tempest said no gun was ever seen. She is described as white, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 160 pounds. She wore a brown and black hooded shirt.

Tempest said police would review store video surveillance. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-258-5511.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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