Two area police departments filed charges against a New Jersey man in connection with armed robberies that occurred in their jurisdictions.
Tamaqua police have filed charges in connection with two armed robberies at the Fegley Mini Mart on Center Street.
Kidder Township police in Carbon County also filed charges against the same man in connection with the armed robbery of a Wawa store located along SR940, near the northeast extension of the turnpike, which occurred on Jan. 29
Tysheed Hargrove, 18, who told police he has no current permanent address, has been charged by Tamaqua police with felony counts of robbery with the threat of immediate serious injury, robbery with the threat of immediate bodily injury, robbery by forceful taking, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and illegal possession of a firearm.
Misdemeanor charges include possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault, receiving stolen property and reckless endangerment.
Kidder charged him with a total of 11 criminal counts including robbery, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering.
Hargrove was captured following a high-speed chase through Tamaqua and the Panther Valley on Feb. 5, he was a passenger in a silver Ford Mustang operated by Jose Nunoz, 19, of Hazleton.
The Mustang attracted the attention of Patrolman Robert Minnick that night when he was on an extended patrol. Minnick attempted to speak to the driver of the Mustang after he was unable to see a license plate on the vehicle. The vehicle fled east on SR209 and was eventually stopped by Nesquehoning Patrolman Carl Breiner. A black handgun was found on the passenger side floor, where Hargrove had been seated. The handgun had reportedly been stolen and entered into the NCIC database as of Nov. 12, 2010.
The arrest attracted the attention of local, state and federal law enforcement officials as the two men were suspects in a string of armed robberies at various convenience stores in a three county – Schuylkill, Carbon and Luzerne – area. At that time, Hargrove was charged with receiving stolen property and possessing a firearm without the required permit.
Both men were questioned by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods, as well as officials from the state police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Woods filed the additional charges this Wednesday on information received during those interviews, as well as evidence collected from Fegley's.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Hargrove admitted to his involvement in multiple local armed robberies, as well as to having possession of the stolen weapon. The current charges are related to the Jan. 20 and Feb. 5 robberies at Fegley's.
Hargrove, who was already incarcerated in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, was video arraigned by District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, who imposed an additional bail of $250,000 straight cash bond for each of the two robberies.
He was later arraigned before District Judge Joseph Homanko, of Weatherly, on the Kidder charges. Homanko set bail at $300,000 straight cash.
Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon addressed the armed robberies on Thursday with a press release regarding the charges filed by Woods.
In addition to providing the basic facts in the case, she also commended "the work of the federal, state and local police for their investigative work." She also noted "the investigation is ongoing."
Also expected to file charges in the near future are McAdoo Borough, Hazleton City and state police.