Man robbed Salisbury Township convenience store at gunpoint, stole more than $5,000: police | Local News
A Chester County man pointed a gun at a clerk inside a Salisbury Township convenience store and demanded she give him money, then made off with more than $5,000 in cash, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.
Kenneth Frederick Byrd Jr., 61, of Downington, pointed the gun at the clerk as he robbed a Sunoco store in the 7100 block of Division Highway on January 8, the prosecutor’s office said in a press release Monday.
Byrd’s case will head to the Court of Common Pleas in Lancaster after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday heard by Judge Raymond Sheller. He is charged with robbery and the misdemeanor of assault, terrorism threats and possession of an instrument of a crime.
The clerk identified Byrd during the hearing, saying she “couldn’t forget her eyes,” according to the press release.
Jonathan Patrick Chippor, Byrd’s attorney, declined a request for comment on Monday.
The clerk told state police she was counting money from a lottery machine behind the counter as she prepared to close for the evening when a man matching Byrd’s description entered. the store wearing a gaiter-style face covering and went to the restroom.
The man came out of the restroom and approached the clerk behind the counter as she placed the money in a safe, pointing a gun at her and ordering her to ‘give me the bag’, the man said. prosecutor’s office. The clerk then handed the thief a bag containing approximately $5,500 in cash.
Surveillance footage showed the thief limping and driving a red Honda Civic that belongs to Byrd’s girlfriend.
A search of the Honey Brook address where Byrd and his girlfriend had been staying uncovered $2,715 in cash in an upstairs bedroom and a blank gun resembling the one used in the paint can robbery full in the garage. A gaiter-style face covering similar to the one worn in the flight was found inside the Civic.
Authorities believe Byrd also stole a Honey Brook Express in May 2021.
Judge Sheller set Byrd’s bond at $150,000 at a preliminary arraignment on Jan. 25. He remains in Lancaster County Jail, unable to release that amount, according to court records.
Byrd will be formally arraigned on March 11.