Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Coal Region Canary
Coal Region CanaryCoal Region Canary

Local News

Cressona Man Faces Felony Charges on 9 Convenience Store Armed Robberies

Police have charged a Cressona man with committing a string of armed robberies at convenience stores in Schuylkill and Berks counties earlier this year.

According to information provided by State Police in Schuylkill Haven, 32-year-old John James Bennett Jr. faces multiple felony charges after he held up 9 convenience stores back in April. One of the stores he robbed twice.

Bennett’s spree finally came to an end on April 28 when Bennett was spotted in a Mercedes Benz near Panther Valley Rd. outside Cressona. The suspect eventually crashed his car into an unoccupied State Police cruiser after he led police on a chase.

At the time, Bennett was charged for crimes committed during the chase and for 4 armed robberies. Earlier this week, State Police say Bennett was responsible for 5 more armed robberies back in April.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

In each incident, Bennett walked into a convenience store wearing a mask, flashed a gun, and demanded cash and cigarettes from cashiers.

These are the convenience stores police say Bennett robbed:

  • April 8: Mobil, Cressona
  • April 18: Bethel Food Shop, Bethel Township (Berks County)
  • April 20: Uni-Mart, West Mahanoy Township
  • April 21: Turkey Hill, Butler Township
  • April 25: Mobil, Cressona
  • April 26: Fast Fill, Schuylkill Haven
  • April 26: Speedway, Pine Grove Township
  • April 26: Auburn Food Mart, West Brunswick Township
  • April 27: Power Gas and Food Mart, Strausstown (Berks County)

On Thursday, Bennett was arraigned before District Judge James Ferrier in Orwigsburg and sent back to Schuylkill County Prison on $500,000 straight cash bail.

Bennett faces the following charges in connection with the robberies:

  • 9 counts of robbery (Felony 1)
  • 9 counts of robbery (Felony 3)
  • 1 count of receiving stolen property (Felony 3)
  • 9 counts of theft by unlawful taking (Misdemeanor)
  • 9 counts of terroristic threats (Misdemeanor)
  • 9 counts of simple assault (Misdemeanor)
  • 9 counts of reckless endangerment (Misdemeanor)

In total, police say Bennett made away with nearly $4,600 in cash and smokes during his month-long spree.


Subscribe to Coal Region Canary

Get email updates from Coal Region Canary by becoming a subscriber today. Just enter your email address below to get started!

News Tips?

Let us know of news happening in your area. Use our NEWS TIPS ENTRY FORM
Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More From The Canary

Local News

Police investigation ongoing

Local News

State Police bomb squad called in

Schuylkill County Police News

A hand railing, sign and window victims of the rage.

Local News

Investigation ongoing, police say

Schuylkill County Police News

A designated driver is ALWAYS a good idea.

Local News

Opposing Republicans present strong argument on 'No' vote

Schuylkill County Police News

Incident happened on May 27

Canary Jumped the Shark

What's the deal with June 31st?

Local News

Subdued ceremony held on Garfield Square Monday.

Local News

Bridge repair over Swatara Creek begins Monday.