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August 17, 2013

Two charged in Mahoningtown robbery

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police have charged two Mahoningtown residents in connection with the Aug. 7 robbery of the Last Minit Mart.

Antonio Montgomery, 49, of 115 W. Wabash Ave., was arrested Tuesday and is being held in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Pamela Kelley, 53, of the same address, who allegedly was in the car with him when the robbery occurred, is facing conspiracy charges. A warrant was issued and police are looking for her.

Montgomery is accused of holding up a clerk at the store at gunpoint and stealing $189.

According to police, a state trooper who responded to the 513 Montgomery Ave. store around 5:45 p.m. that day said he had seen a red Ford Tempo with a white racing stripe on the hood parked in the north end of the lot. The trooper said a woman was in the passenger seat.

Police were called to another convenience store in Mahoningtown later, where employees reported a red Tempo had sped through its parking lot and they provided a license plate number. The car was registered to other members of the Montgomery family.

Officers found the car behind the Montgomery address on Wabash Avenue and had it towed. They determined Antonio Montgomery was one of the residents at that house and served a search warrant on the home and car.

Police investigated Montgomery’s criminal history and determined he is not to possess a firearm because of previous offenses.

After interviewing family members and viewing surveillance video of the store, police charged Montgomery with robbery; persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control sell or transfer firearms; prohibited offensive weapons; terroristic threats; theft and receiving stolen property.

Montgomery was arraigned by District Judge Scott McGrath.

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