Three men have been arrested in connection with a Uni-Mart convenience store robbery Thursday in Ellwood City.
Ellwood City police have charged Joseph Thomas Shuttleworth, 23, of 30 Franklin Ave., and David Martin Kimmel, 23, of 819 Lawrence Ave., both of Ellwood City, with two counts of robbery and one count each of theft, receiving stolen property, recklessly endangering others and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.
Donald Ray Frelin II, 22, of 4353 Ellwood Road, New Castle, is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, theft and receiving stolen property.
Police said additional unrelated drug charges are pending against them.
All three men are in the Lawrence County jail on $50,000 bond.
Police said the alleged robbery occurred around 4:45 a.m. Thursday at the store at Sixth Street and Beaver Avenue, and that two of the men — one carrying a silver handgun — made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police said they viewed “good video” of the break-in.
Later that day, they responded to a drug investigation near Ellwood City Hospital, where three suspects, identified as Shuttleworth, Kimmel and Frelin, were arrested, they said. Officers said clothing worn by those suspects matched clothes they saw observed in the Uni-Mart robbery video.
One of them confessed to the robbery and implicated the other two, police said.