Cecil Township man arrested for allegedly robbing convenience store

March 16, 2014
Noel Wayman

A Cecil Township man was arrested Sunday night on charges including robbery for allegedly holding up a Canonsburg convenience store earlier in the day.

Noel Barry Wayman, 45, of 19 Overbrook Lane, formerly of Pitcairn, Allegheny County, is accused of robbing the Seven Hills convenience store about 10:20 a.m.

Canonsburg police officer Matthew Tharp said Wayman was taken into custody about 7:15 p.m. by Cecil police, who were keeping an eye on the house trailer he shares with his girlfriend.

Wayman was spotted at the residence by Cecil police and ran into a wooded area about 6 p.m. Police from Cecil, North Strabane and Peters townships along with Canonsburg police set up a perimeter and searched the wooded area between Route 980, Vincenty and Glass Hill roads for about an hour.

Cecil police continued to maintain surveillance on the residence when they saw Wayman’s girlfriend come out and make a call on her cellphone. A short time later, Wayman came back out of the woods and went back inside the residence. Cecil police went to the home and took him into custody.

Tharp said Wayman reportedly went into the store and purchased a pack of cigarettes. He then went back outside the store and waited for the store to clear. Wayman went back inside, got a soft drink and went to the cash register. Tharp said that he started to apologize to the clerk, telling him “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”

“He then reached in and grabbed the large bills out of the drawer,” Tharp said. “The clerk tried to grab the money back out of his hands. He told her ‘don’t’ and started to clench his fist, so he let go.”

He fled in a green, four-door, mid-sized Chevrolet on Route 980 (First Street) toward Cecil Township. The clerk was able to get a license plate number on the vehicle.

Tharp said South Strabane Township police Officer Seth Kelley was able to provide information about Wayman.

“He was able to give us information directly that helped identify Wayman,” Tharp said. “We were able to compare that information to surveillance video, as well as get identification of him from the clerk.”

Wayman was charged last month by South Strabane police with retail theft for allegedly stealing items from Walmart, Trinity Point. He then gave the items to a woman who returned the items for a gift card. He is facing an April 1 hearing before District Judge Jay Weller on that charge.

Cecil police, with assistance from McDonald police, stopped the vehicle believed to have been driven by Wayman about 4 p.m. Sunday. A woman was driving the car but Wayman could not be located. Police impounded the vehicle.

During his arraignment before Weller, Wayman reportedly told the judge that he has a heroin addiction. He was arraigned before Weller on two counts of robbery and one count of theft. Wayman was placed in Washington County jail on $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 27 before District Judge David Mark.

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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