Police investigate possible armed robbery

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By Chris Sardelli

The details surrounding a possible armed robbery of a man outside a Lancaster motel on Jan. 4 are still murky, though the investigation is ongoing. 

Just after midnight on Saturday, Jan. 4, officers responded to the area near the Carriage Inn, 1100 N. Main St., about a potential armed robbery, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

Officers arrived at the scene and searched the area, but could not find anyone needing help or any signs of a robbery. 

When they reached the front of the motel, officers noticed a young boy and a woman exit one of the rooms and wave at them.

The woman, a Lancaster resident, told officers her boyfriend had been robbed as he was returning from the nearby Wendy’s restaurant, the report said. 

She reported the robber was an acquaintance and had stolen $1,000 from her boyfriend. She also said the man had walked past her earlier that night and briefly spoke to her, though he did not act as if he was running or in hurry, the report said. 

The officers then spoke with the victim, a 48-year-old Lancaster man, in his motel room who confirmed a man robbed him at Wendy’s.

The victim said the alleged robber was holding a silver gun, the report said.

“I asked (the victim) for any more details about what happened and (he) stated that it was two people and they were in a white jeep or truck and that the suspect was with a woman,” an officer wrote in the report. 

After speaking with the officers, the victim said he did not want to file any charges and just “wanted to go home,” the report said. 

The responding officers stated in the report that there are several inconsistencies in the case and were not able to determine if a robbery had taken place.

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant commented on the case and said investigators are still trying to figure out what happened. 

“We are still investigating this case,” Grant said. “There are still more questions than answers.”

If you know anything about the incident, please call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171, (803) 283-3313, or the LPD’s anonymous tip hotline at (803) 289-6040. 


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416