Investigators: Robber hides in back room, surprises workers at closing time

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WILKINSBURG, Pa. - Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a man accused of robbing the Dollar General Store in Wilkinsburg over the weekend.

According to police, the store on Laketon Road was robbed on Sunday when the robber hid out in the back room before the store closed, then surprised workers as they were counting the money at the end of the day.

“He secreted himself in the back of the store, hid, and when the store closed, he came out and accosted the employees,” Wilkinsburg police Detective Rich Grande said.

Grande told Channel 11’s Rick Earle that they were able to identify the suspect, 29-year-old Lamont Harvey, through surveillance cameras inside the store.

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According to Grande, Harvey was armed at the time of the robbery.

“(Both employees) were held at gunpoint in the back office where they conduct the closing procedures for the business. There’s a small back office and they were both held there. That’s where the robbery took place,” Grande said.

Police said Harvey, who’s been in trouble before for a firearms violation, fled the scene on foot. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

“We consider him armed and dangerous,” Grande said. “We’d like anybody who has any information on this individual’s whereabouts, or if they would see him out anywhere, obviously not to confront him, but contact 911 immediately.”

Anyone with information on Harvey is asked to contact police.