Posted by on May 16, 2020 1:31 pm

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Categories: Local News Schuylkill County Police News

Robberies at Schuylkill County convenience stores continue and in the last week, the Auburn Food Mart & Deli got hit for the second time in 3 weeks.

State Police in Schuylkill Haven say they’re looking for a man they believe broke into the store along Route 895 and robbed it of cash on May 13.

Auburn Mini Mart Robbed Again

Police released this photo of the man they believe broke into the convenience store just after midnight Wednesday:

auburn food market robbery may 13

They say the man forced his way into the store and took money from the cash register and some gaming machines located inside.

The robber then fled the scene on a motorcycle, they believe, going east on 895.

Scouting the Scene

Before robbing the Auburn (actually, in West Brunswick Township) convenience store, police say the man pictured above was in the store the day prior to scope out the scene.

They’ve released these grainy surveillance photos showing whom they believe is the same person in the store on Tuesday. Police say this person was in the Auburn Food Mart & Deli between 3-5 p.m. the day before he robbed it.

Here he is in the store:

auburn food market robbery may 13-2

And here he allegedly is leaving the store on his motorcycle:

auburn food market robbery may 13-3

The person police are looking for wore some of the same items during his visit to the store and the robbery, including a tan backpack and a blue bandana face mask.

If you know this person or have information on the robbery, please contact State Police by calling 570-754-4600.

Schuylkill County Convenience Store Robberies During the Pandemic

We’ve seen numerous convenience store robberies occur in Schuylkill County during the Chinese virus pandemic. In fact, this was the second time this particular store was robbed in the last 3 weeks.

In late-April, the man believed to have robbed several convenience stores in a matter of hours hit the Auburn Food Mart & Deli during a string of robberies.

Police believe they caught that thief, 32-year-old John Bennett, of Cressona, after he crashed his Mercedes Benz into an empty State Police cruiser along Panther Valley Road, following a short pursuit.


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