MT. PLEASANT (KDKA) — Aug. 27, 2013 is a day Melvin McCloy can’t quite recall but can never forget.

“Someone came across the counter hit me in the head,” McCloy said. “I had a fractured skull, multiple blows to the head, they split my ear. They busted my finger.”

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He suffered those injuries when police say 27-year-olds Barry Allen Hall and Anthony Schake robbed and beat McCloy inside his store in Mt. Pleasant.

“I’ve been robbed before but never thought something like this would happen,” he said.

Running from the scene down Buckeye Road, the two men dropped some of the cigarettes they allegedly stole. The case went cold.

“For the longest time I didn’t think they’d catch them,” McCloy said.

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Troopers got a fingerprint off one of the dropped packs of cigarettes. It was Barry Allen Hall’s, not enough for an arrest, and three years passed.

Hall’s ex-girlfriend and getaway driver contacted the state police and told them everything.

“You find that a lot in criminal investigations — relations fall apart and people are more apt to come forward with information,” Police Trooper Stephen Limani said.

Barry Hall, who was already in prison, admitted his involvement. Anthony Schake was picked up and both were charged with robbery and aggravated assault counts.

No word on if the girlfriend will face charges.

McCloy says it’s time for justice to be served.

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“I hope they get what they deserve,” McCloy said.