Carmichaels man arrested in pizza shop robbery

May 16, 2014
State police lead robbery suspect Stephen Andrew Penich into his preliminary arraignment before Greene County Magisterial District Judge Lou Dayich on Friday. Penich is believed to have robbed Fox’s Pizza Den in Carmichaels at knifepoint Thursday evening. - Tara Kinsell / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

WAYNESBURG – A Carmichaels man is being held in Greene County jail on $25,000 straight cash bond following his arrest Friday on charges he robbed Fox’s Pizza Den Thursday evening in Carmichaels Borough.

Stephen Andrew Penich, 29, of 401A Old Town Road, is charged with robbery with threat of immediate serious injury, theft by unlawful taking and simple assault. According to a criminal complaint filed before Greene County Magisterial District Judge Lou Dayich, Penich allegedly entered the pizza shop in disguise and placed a note on the counter demanding money. Clerk Mathew Ludrosky told state police he said, “no way,” and Penich came around the side of the counter brandishing a knife and demanding money.

Ludrosky said he gave Penich approximately $1,250 and Penich told him he was from Brownsville before he exited the store on foot. Ludrosky told police he recognized the voice and build of the person as Penich.

Police found Penich a short time later walking in the area of North Market Street They said Penich told them he had just showered and changed clothes at a friend’s apartment. He said he had changed out of blue running style pants. This fit Ludrosky’s description of what the person who robbed the store was wearing. Penich led police to the friend’s apartment where he showed them two bags containing his clothing, including the blue pants, which were taken into evidence.

During an interview at the Waynesburg Police Barracks, Penich allegedly told police he had committed the robbery. Police said Penich told them he went to the pizza shop in the running pants and hooded shirt with a bandage around his face. He said he placed the note on the counter and when Ludrosky refused he went around the counter and showed the knife. He said Ludrosky gave him approximately $100 to $150, significantly less than what the store clerk said he gave him. Penich said he then fled the store in the direction of Laurel Point Falls on North Market Street near the Greene Academy and when he spotted police in the area Penich panicked and allegedly threw the bandage, money and knife into the falls. A short time later he was apprehended.

A preliminary hearing in the matter is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 27 before Dayich.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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