Machete-wielding man, accomplice rob adult bookstore in Somerset Twp.

August 20, 2014

BENTLEYVILLE – A man brandishing a machete and an accomplice robbed an adult bookstore in Somerset Township of cash early Wednesday.

State police said one of the robbers carried a large, machete-type knife with a long, black lanyard when the two men walked into Adult Mart, formerly Highway News, at 8 McIlvaine Road, about 2:40 a.m. wearing red bandannas across their faces.

The unarmed man removed cash from a register drawer. The armed man also removed a small amount of cash from the drawer, police said.

The bandits are believed to be light-skinned biracial or Hispanic men.

The one carrying the machete appeared to be between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with a thin build and dark hair. He wore baggy blue-green shorts, a white T-shirt, dark shoes with red laces, a black glove on his right hand and a red hat.

His accomplice appeared to be between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a thin build. He appeared to be unarmed and wore a red hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head and dark shoes.

Both fled in the direction of nearby Interstate 70.

Anyone with information about the men is urged to call state police at 724-223-5200.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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