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Three arrested in second Palmerton robbery in 4 days

Published April 30. 2012 05:03PM

Three individuals have been arrested in connection with the second armed robbery of a convenient store in Palmerton within a span of four days.

Palmerton Police Chief Randy Smith said James Dee Archer, 33, of 302 Delaware Avenue, Apt. 2, Palmerton, was arrested in connection with a robbery that occurred at about 12:03 a.m. Sunday at the Convenient Food Mart, 643 Delaware Avenue.

Smith said Archer entered the store with a disguise on, at which time he approached a clerk, and made a motion with his hand in his pocket as though he had a gun. However, Smith said Archer was not armed.

After he made off with an undetermined amount of cash, Smith said Archer fled the store south across Delaware Avenue. A search was conducted in the area, and Archer was originally found in that 400 block of Alley E. When he saw a patrol car, Archer fled, and was subsequently found hiding underneath a car in the 400 block of Alley A.

Archer was charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned Sunday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton, and committed to Carbon County Prison in lieu of $100,000 straight cash bail.

Smith said Palmerton Police were assisted by State Police at Lehighton, as well as the Lehighton, Mahoning Township, Franklin Township, and Lehigh Township police departments.

Through the investigation, Smith said it was determined that Archer was a co-conspirator in the first of the two robberies that occurred at the store at about 2:20 a.m. April 26.

At that time, two men approached the business. One stood in the parking lot as the second suspect, wearing a black sweat shirt over a white hoodie with Adidas on the shirt in white or gray lettering, blue jeans, white sneakers, with a dark blue or black bandanna over his face, entered the store and brandished a black folding knife with a black handle and black blade. He then pulled the knife and demanded money from the clerk. No one was injured.

The two ran from the store in an easterly direction to a waiting car. Police from Palmerton, Lehighton, Mahoning and Franklin townships converged on the scene as well as state troopers. The duo is believed to have made off with about $767

Smith said that through the investigation of Archer, police charged Freddie M. Knight, 38, of 302 Delaware Avenue, who lives in a different apartment, with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property. Knight was arraigned by Kissner, and committed to Carbon County Prison in lieu of $75,000 straight cash bail.

Also charged in connection with the April 26 incident was Arlene Ann Jones, 44, of 302 Delaware Avenue, who also lives in a different apartment number. Jones was charged with criminal conspiracy, robbery, criminal conspiracy theft by unlawful taking, and criminal conspiracy receiving stolen property. She was arraigned before Kissner, and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

It was learned through the investigation of the second armed robbery after Archer implicated himself as having been there, and admitted that Knight committed the first robbery as they were driven to the store by Jones, Smith said.

A preliminary hearing for all three individuals is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. May 9 before Kissner.

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