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Armed Robber Holds Up Local Smoke Shop

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FREELAND-WEB-HEADSHOT-2013 Lynne Hayes-Freeland
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ROBINSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A smoke shop in Robinson Township was held up by an armed robber Sunday afternoon.

The masked man with a gun barged into the shop and demanded money.

This is the second time is just past few months that the Smoker Friendly store has been held up.

On Sunday, the robber got away with a couple of cigarette cartons and some cash.

“She just told me that she was just robbed at gunpoint,” Manager Tami Schuck said.

An employee called Schuck saying a black male wearing a ski mask and carrying a handgun had just robbed the store.

The incident was most likely captured on surveillance video and police have a good idea which direction the suspect fled.

Schuck: The employee is upset. I’m angry. I’m angry, that’s my emotion.

Lynne Hayes-Freeland: Angry because it’s happened again or just angry that someone just feels like they can come in and take something that doesn’t belong to them?

Schuck: Both.

Police haven’t ruled out the possibility that someone on the inside may be connected to the robberies.

One of the stark differences is the suspect brandished a knife during the first robbery back in May.

“Someone feels that they just come in with a gun and walk out with the store’s money and take their good old time doing it. So, I’m angry at a lot of things right now,” Schuck said.

It us unknown how much cash was stolen during Sunday’s robbery.

Police will be reviewing the surveillance video from both incidents on Monday.

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