Clerk, customers forced into back room during armed robbery at Castle Shannon 7-Eleven

CASTLE SHANNON, Pa. — Two convenience stores were robbed overnight, and police are investigating if those robberies and a third earlier in the week are connected, authorities said.

One of the robberies happened about 3 a.m. Wednesday at the 7-Eleven on Lebanon Boulevard in Castle Shannon.

During that incident, a man armed with a gun forced a clerk and three customers into a back room of the store after robbing them and taking their cellphones.

“In the past, they would usually wait until someone is alone,” Castle Shannon Police Chief Ken Truver said. “The fact that they would go into a store where there are patrons is pretty brazen.”

Truver said the robbery in Castle Shannon is similar to other incidents reported over the past couple days.

Another robbery that police are investigating as possibly being related happened about an hour before the one in Castle Shannon, this time at a 7-Eleven on Boyce Road in South Fayette Township.

Police are also looking into a third robbery that could be connected. It happened Monday at the Domino’s Pizza in Robinson Court off Route 60 in Robinson Township.

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The co-owner of the Domino’s said employees called 911 using the pizza shop’s phone because the robber took their cellphones before forcing them into a cooler.

No one was hurt in any of the robberies.