PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania State Police have filed charges against three suspects in a robbery ring that spanned Allegheny, Indiana and Westmoreland counties.
Keith Lamont Fields, 22; Louis Angelo Rice, 24, – both from Pittsburgh – and 22-year-old Gerald Howard Davis, of Monroeville, are facing charges in more than a dozen armed robberies between November of 2011 and this March.
All three men were allegedly involved in robberies at multiple restaurants, including Burger King in Monroeville and Plum Boro, Buffalo Wild Wings in Wilkins Township, Grande Pizza in North Huntingdon and McDonald’s in Murrysville and Shaler.
Fields and Rice allegedly held up the Family Dollar in McKeesport, the Dollar General in Duquesne and the Primanti Brothers in North Versailles.
Fields and Davis also are accused of robbing the Plum Convenience Store and Adult World in Blairsville.
Fields, Rice and Davis were arrested after the armed robbery of the McDonald’s in Shaler earlier this month.
In each case, the robbers showed a gun to the victims.
“People need to understand the difference between a burglary and a robbery,” State Trooper Robin Mungo said. “[In] a robbery, there are people there, involved, people who are victimized. It’s not an empty structure that they’re going into, so yes, there were lives that were put in danger. They did brandish a weapon at all of these locations.”
Sunny Jim’s Tavern in Ohio Township was robbed back in February. Rice allegedly held a male and female bartender at gunpoint.
“I’m glad they got these guys before somebody did get hurt,” Jim Oliver, the owner of Sunny Jim’s, said.
State police say the suspects are all in the Allegheny County Jail. Their bond was revoked.