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Man Robs Rite Aid Wearing Fake Explosives, Witnesses Help Track Him Down

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WESTMORELAND Co. (KDKA) — Police made a quick arrest in a robbery case thanks to observant people in the community.

A witness alerted police to a distinct skull sticker on the suspect’s van, after a Rite Aid was robbed in Derry Borough Monday.

And another person was able to identify the suspect by his description on the news.

Now 39-year-old Gregory Dorough is behind bars, after admitting to a bizarre robbery Monday afternoon.

Shortly before 2 p.m., he stormed into the Rite Aid on Y Street in Derry and demanded Oxycontin.

Dorough told employees he had a bomb strapped to his body and would blow the place up if he wasn’t given the pills in just 20 seconds.

But the device attached to the man’s body wasn’t a bomb at all. He took road flares and taped them to his chest. He then stuck an iPod earbud up his nose and ran the cord down to the flares.

Police served a search warrant yesterday at Dorough’s Front Street home in Blairsville. His dark colored getaway van was parked out front.

The approximately 18 pain pills that were taken were hidden in the house — some in the ceiling of a closet, the rest in pill bottles, inside of a candy box and in a dresser drawer.

Dorough was identified in a photo lineup by two Rite Aid employees.

He’s facing robbery and related charges.

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