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Police Pursued Suspect after State College Armed Robberies; Investigation Ongoing

on September 19, 2011 4:13 PM

No, that wasn't a typo.

State College police reiterated Monday that the four convenience-store robberies reported Saturday morning really did happen within 13 minutes.

Police Lt. Keith Robb also said investigators are looking into whether the armed robber who appeared inside the Centre Region stores had any assistance.

And he confirmed that police early Saturday twice pursued the Kia that carried the suspect.

In fact, he said, after the last of the four robberies -- at the Valley Vista Drive Sheetz store -- police pursued the Kia toward Port Matilda. They eventually lost sight of it somewhere in the Bellefonte area, Robb said.

He said state police were involved in that pursuit. Investigators from Patton Township and State College borough -- in whose jurisdictions the robberies happened -- are collaborating in an ongoing investigation.

The first incident happened at 1:53 a.m. Saturday, when a man dressed in black -- from head to toe -- robbed the Sheetz at 2000 E. College Ave., College Township, according to a police report.

Police said the suspect went on to rob the Uni-Mart at 1381 E. College Ave., the Sheetz at 1781 N. Atherton St. and -- finally -- the Sheetz at 101 Valley Vista Drive, all by 2:06 a.m.

Police described the suspect as a white man with brown eyes and standing between five feet nine inches and six feet tall. His clothing included a ski mask, gloves and black BDUs, and he displayed a semi-automatic pistol at each location, police said.

They said he got away from each store with an undisclosed amount of cash. Surveillance images were captured, police said.

The Kia identified in connection with the robberies is described as a 2011-model, dark-colored vehicle, likely a Sportage, police said.

They're continuing to seek information from anyone who has information in the matter, including any witnesses. State College police can be reached at (814) 234-7150; Patton Township police, at (814) 234-0273.

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