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Lancaster County man arrested in 2 robberies of the same southern Berks store

A Lancaster County man was arrested in two gunpoint robberies of the same Turkey Hill convenience store in Brecknock Township.

Hezekiah S. Gingerich, 18, of Narvon, was taken into custody shortly after the latest robbery, according to township Police Chief Erik P. Grunzig in an emailed news release on Thursday.

Police said Gingerich robbed the Turkey Hill at routes 625 and 568 in Knauers on May 18 and again on June 15.

Gingerich was arraigned on robbery and related changes by District Judge David E. Glass and committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Grunzig said the suspect walked in the store on May with a revolver and demanded money from a clerk, and on June 15 walked in the store with a semiautomatic handgun and demanded money. In both cases, he fled in a black car.

He gave this further account:

The robbery June 15 occurred about 7:50 p.m. Township officer Michael Martin had the description of the suspect and the vehicle broadcasted to police in Berks and Lancaster counties.

Martin was advised by dispatch at 8:20 p.m. that East Cocalico Township police officers had a vehicle matching the description stopped in Lancaster County with a subject that matched the description of the robber.

Cumru Township police assisted Martin by securing the scene and providing photos of the suspect from the store surveillance video.

Gingerich was then taken into custody.

Other police departments are interested in questioning Gingerich about robberies, including Robeson Township in Berks, and departments in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, police said.

“Robeson assisted us on a search warrant on the house today,” Grunzig said. “East Cocalico impounded the vehicle and assisted us with search warrant on the vehicle.”

Source: Berkshire mont

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