Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The man is accused of threatening a Sunoco clerk with a gun.
Bethel Park police say they nabbed the man who tried to rob the Sunoco on Route 19 at gunpoint right before Thanksgiving. The detective on the case also believes the suspect is connected to the Subway robbery in Castle Shannon, along with robberies in Coraopolis, Bellevue and Ben Avon. At this time, Dean Pletz, 44, of Bethel Park, is charged with one count of robbery and one count of persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms. The Allegheny County District Attorney's office is expected to file more charges against Pletz. During the attempted robbery investigation, information was received from other police agencies and video evidence generated Pletz as the suspect, according to the criminal complaint filed…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Bethel Park Dairy Queen was robbed Friday night and might be connected to other nearby robberies.
Bethel Park police are interviewing the suspects arrested in the Union Township Dairy Queen robbery case. The Dairy Queen is located just miles up Route 88 from the Bethel Park Dairy Queen that was robbed the night before, on Friday, Nov. 23. Chief John Mackey said detectives suspect the man might be connected to the Bethel Park Dairy Queen robbery, the Bethel Park Sunoco attempted robbery and Castle Shannon Subway robbery. The descriptions in each case are similar, he said. "We don't deal with that many robberies," Mackey said. "What are the chances it's different people?" Along with interviewing the Union Township suspect, Mackey said detectives are combing through surveillance video to try to identify the suspect or suspects. Follow us …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The robbery might be linked to the Sunoco attempted robbery on Route 19.
Bethel Park police are searching for the man who robbed the Dairy Queen on Route 88. Police are investigating whether it was the same man who robbed a Subway in Castle Shannon and attempted to rob the Sunoco on Route 19 in Bethel Park last Wednesday, according to WPXI. A Dairy Queen employee told WPXI that the man walked up to the counter with a grocery bag and demanded money. He was wearing a black hoodie, sunglasses, a face mask and showed a gun. The Sunoco near the Upper St. Clair Township border was robbed last Wednesday afternoon. The new employee didn't know how to open the register and ran and locked himself in a back room, so the man didn't get away with any money when he showed a gun. A Dairy Queen on Route 88 in Union Township …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The suspect showed a gun and demanded money from the Sunoco on Wednesday afternoon.
A white male in a black hoodie tried to rob the Sunoco on the corner of Washington and North Highland roads at gunpoint on Wednesday afternoon—one of the busiest travel days of the year. The man behind the register had only been on the job for two days when the suspect pointed a gun at him and demanded money, so he didn't know how to open the register without a customer buying something. According to an employee at the gas station, the victim struggled with the register, then ran to a back room and locked himself in. The suspect ran off from the gas station without any money. The Bethel Park police were unable to provide Patch with any details about the attempted robbery until the chief returned to the office. Officers did visit Louis …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Scanner information indicates the employees at the St. Clair Mini Mart on Route 19 were robbed at gunpoint.
Upper St. Clair police are investigating an armed robbery at St. Clair Mini Mart on Route 19. Township Manager Matthew Serakowski has confirmed that the employees were held at gunpoint and $600 was stolen on Monday night. He was unable to provide any additional information. One of multiple officers confirmed to Patch that no one was hurt. Just before 9 p.m., an officer was seen interviewing three employees inside the store. They appeared to be shaken up. A sign on the door said the store was closed. Vehicles were still outside using the gas pumps. Patch will continue to monitor the situation.