Police investigate armed robbery

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By Chris Sardelli

Investigators are sorting out the details of a possible armed robbery of a pedestrian that happened Wednesday night, Dec. 19. 

Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the robbery happened near the intersection of Wylie and Barr streets. 

Grant said investigators interviewed at least eight people on Thursday about the case. 

“We are working a robbery of a person that happened (Wednesday night),” Grant said. “I can’t tell you much, but it involves some juveniles. A couple of guys were walking home and some guys apparently showed them a gun and took a cell phone.”

According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, two male teenagers reported they had left Walmart and were walking along Wylie Street just before 6:30 p.m.

The teens saw a white car in a vacant lot nearby with its headlights on, but as they got closer the lights turned off. 

That’s when two men approached and the teens also noticed a man in the car had a gun in his hand. One of the men grabbed one of the teens by his shirt and ripped a necklace from his neck, the report said.

The teen told officers he tried to walk away, but the man grabbed him again, searched his pockets and took his cell phone. 

When the man tried to take his wallet, the teen pushed him away and then both teens ran toward Midway Grocery, the release said. 

They eventually flagged down a police officer along Meeting Street. 

Grant said investigators would know more once they spoke to everyone involved. 

“We have to get all these stories straight,” Grant said. 

The case remains active and the investigation is ongoing. It was unknown Friday if any arrests had been made in the case. 

Crenco shoplifting unrelated 

After discussing the armed robbery, Grant shot down rumors that Crenco No. 5, 1449 S.C. 9 Bypass West, was held up on Wednesday, Dec. 19. 

“There hasn’t been a robbery like that,” he said. 

According to a separate police report, there was an incident at the Crenco on Wednesday, though it was a shoplifting. 

In that case, an officer responded to the gas station at about 11:15 p.m. An employee told the officer an unknown man came inside and hid a quart of oil in his clothing.

When the employee confronted the man, he fled the store in a gray four-door car and headed toward Rugby Road, the report said. 

While speaking with the employee, a 911 dispatcher advised the officer about a one-car accident at the intersection of Rugby Road and Westmoreland Drive. The officer responded and found a heavily damaged gray car beside the road.

The officer noted in the report the car had struck a tree, though a driver couldn’t be found. 

Officers later spoke with the car’s owner who said a man borrowed the car at 10:30 p.m., but did not know how to contact him. 

Police are searching for the man and plan to arrest him on shoplifting charges, though it was unknown Friday if any other charges will be filed. 


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416