Store robbery update

Shown is an image of the suspect who robbed the Friendly Choice Mart in Atlas Thursday evening. The Mount Carmel Township Police Department is attempting to identify the person, who was last seen driving east on Wilburton Road, toward Aristes, in a silver or light-gold two-door car.

ATLAS — The Mount Carmel Township Police Department is attempting to identify the person who robbed the Friendly Choice Mart Thursday evening.

The suspect is described as a white male approximately 6-foot tall wearing a navy blue sweatshirt with a hood, a dark-colored baseball hat, gray sweatpants and gray sneakers.

He walked into the store at the corner of Route 61 and Wilburton Road at 8:45 p.m. and began to hide his face with an orange T-shirt. He approached the front counter and then demanded money from an employee while keeping his right arm inside the sweatshirt.

“The worker said a handgun was underneath the (suspect’s) shirt,” Chief of Police Brian Hollenbush said Friday afternoon. “The worker was confident there was a gun.”

The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen driving east on Wilburton Road, toward Aristes, in a silver or light-gold two-door car.

Hollenbush said the employee was uninjured in the incident.

“At this point we are trying to enhance the video, of what we do have,” Hollenbush said. “We are just hoping the community can assist us in determining who this person is.”

Images of the suspect taken from the store’s security system have been posted on the department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mount Carmel Township Police Department at 570-339-1653.

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