Police: Knife-wielding convenience store robber strikes in Shaler, Ross townships

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SHALER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Shaler and Ross township police said they are investigating two convenience store robberies likely committed by the same person.

Shaler Township police said the first robbery happened on May 18. Officers said the man, who brandished a knife, robbed a clerk at the Sunoco gas station on Babcock Boulevard.

A week later, Shaler police said, a man with the same description robbed the clerk at a 7 Eleven on Thompson Run Road. Investigators said the robber, once again, used a knife in the crime.

“There was no one in the store but the clerk in both instances,” Ross Township police Detective Brian Kohlhepp said. “In both of the instances, the clerk was unable to open the cash register and the man got a minimum amount of money.”

Officers said the only information available is that the man wanted in these cases is white, and about 5 feet 8 inches tall. During both robberies, investigators said he was completely covered, wearing jeans and a hooded sweatshirt.

Police said he may be driving an older blue car.

“We’re hoping someone may have information. Either they know the individual or they were in the area at the time,” Kohlhepp said.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact Shaler Township or Ross Township police.