New Castle News


July 15, 2014

Charges filed in Tic Toc robbery

NEW CASTLE — Police have issued a warrant for an Ellwood City man in connection with a convenience store robbery.

Devin Russell Brandon, 26, 365 Grandview Road, is charged with robbing The Tic Toc convenience store at 4112 Ellwood Road in Slippery Rock Township.

Police filed charges in District Judge David B. Rishel’s court of two counts of robbery and one each of terroristic threats, possessing instruments of crime, theft by unlawful taking and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Pennsylvania state police, two female clerks reported a man wearing a black hoodie and camouflage mask had entered the store with a baseball bat and demanded money about 8:30 p.m. July 8. They gave him money from the cash register and the lottery machine, they told police, and he put it in a blue plastic grocery bag before fleeing.

Police reviewed video footage from the store and a neighbor of a car they believe may have been involved in the robbery. About an hour later, they located a car matching the description parked at Crestview Gardens. There was a baseball bat on the rear floor.

The owner was contacted and told police Brandon is a relative and had been driving the car since late last year. Officers said that after obtaining a search warrant for the car, they confiscated a black, hooded sweatshirt, black camouflage pants and a camouflage bandana from the trunk. In addition, two baseball bats were found, as well as a blue plastic shopping bag, three hypodermic needles, other drug paraphernalia and empty stamp bags police said are commonly used to store heroin.

A woman at Crestview Gardens told police Brandon is a friend and had been visiting her. She said when she told him police were looking at his car, he got very nervous and she asked him to leave. A neighbor told police Brandon fled on foot out the back of the building.

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