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Redner's robbery suspect charged

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Published April 14. 2012 09:01AM

Nesquehoning police have charged the man who was involved in an armed robbery last January at Redner's Warehouse Market, 184 Market St., Nesquehoning.

Police identified the man as Keith Michael Pierce, who was living at 135 W. Ridge St., Nesquehoning.

Police noted that Pierce allegedly held up a cashier, Jessica Reis, at knife point at 6:06 p.m. on Jan. 31, went into her cash drawer, and stole $380. His image was captured on surveillance video.

Police said a store representative, Wendy Reehl, had seen the man in the store multiple times and said she would be able to identify him if she saw him again. Reehl noted that the knife was medium sized with a silver blade and green handle.

Reis had told police that the man approached with a pack of crackers and as she rang up the sale and placed the crackers in the bag, the man said, "Look right here and put the money in the bag."

Reis said she didn't know what to do until she said the knife was pointed at her. Then the robber reached over and took money out of the register.

The man began to walk out but dropped the money. He then picked it up but left behind a $5 bill.

She had described the suspect as a white male, dark short hair, wearing eye glasses, white baseball hat with blue lettering and two stripes going down the brim of the hat.

Holly Rider told police that when she went to pick up her son at 135 W. Ridge St., Nesquehoning, that his PlayStation 3 and multiple games were stolen by Keith Pierce. She also said that a laptop computer was missing from the home. She also noted that she believed that Pierce was the man who robbed Redners.

While Rider was at the police station to report the stolen Play Station, Pierce gathered a few items and left the home. Through this discussion, police learned that the hat worn by the man in the video was identical to a hat that Pierce had which had been purchased at Knoebel's Amusement Resort in Elysburg.

Police also noted that a woman identified as Cheryl had called police that she had been at Redners's store the night of the robbery and recognized him as a former neighbor.

Police went to the Pierce residence and saw white sneakers on the deck which appeared to match the sneakers worn by the man in the video.

Pierce's photo was identified from a police line up by Reehl as the man who was the robbery suspect.

A search warrant was executed at Pierce's residence. During the search, police were able to recover a knife that matched the description of the weapon used in the robbery.

Charges of receiving stolen property, terroristic threats attempted simple assault, attempted simple assault by menace, recklessly endangering another person, possession instruments of crime, robbery, robbery after flight after a commission of theft and theft by unlawful taking or disposition were filed with District Justice Casimir Kosciolek.

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