Caught on camera: Masked teens rob bar for Hersheypark money, police say

Police: Masked teens rob bar for Hersheypark money

WEST LAWN, Pa. - Four teenagers are facing charges for allegedly robbing a bar after closing time.

The suspects broke into Victor's Café, 1813 Penn Ave., in the West Lawn section of Spring Township shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday as a lone female bartender was closing up, according to court documents.

"She was pretty shook up by it," said Dean Wolf, the bar's owner. "I was really glad to hear that [police] found them because she was concerned that they were going to come back."

69 News obtained surveillance video of the robbery in which the four suspects can be seen wearing masks or hoods to cover their faces.

Police have identified them as: Marquise White, 19; Michael Gaffney, 18; Keion Wells, 18; and a 14-year-old boy.

According to court documents, one the suspects cleaned out the cash register while repeatedly asking the bartender if she was "scared."

When she replied "yes," the suspect allegedly said, "Do what I say and you won't get hurt."

"It's disappointing," said Wolf.

The suspects fled in a matter of minutes, stealing $700 in cash and two bottles of liquor. according to police.

Two of the suspects later went to a nearby Wawa, where a witness overheard one urging the other not to "spend all that money," adding, "remember, we are going to Hersheypark tomorrow," according to court documents.

Police arrested all four suspects early Thursday morning at their shared residence, a placement group home for boys, located in the 3000 block of Belmont Avenue.

"I saw six police cars and that was scary. I kept thinking, 'Oh my gosh. What happened?' I thought somebody was shot or... why would six cars be here?" said a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous.

"It was just very alarming. We didn't know what was going on," said neighbor Mary Putt.

Neighbors told 69 News that the group home is a "rowdy" nuisance in the neighborhood and a constant source of concern.

"I'm not happy they're living here on the street. A lot of neighbors aren't, but you gotta deal with it," said neighbor John Struck.

"They're a little out of control. They need more direct supervision. They're not getting it right now," said another neighbor. "We're definitely concerned and we hope that they get things under control over there, for the safety of our kids and our neighborhood."

A man who answered the door at the group home had no comment. Police said that the home is run by ChildFirst Services Inc. based in Philadelphia. When 69 News phoned ChildFirst, a representative there had no comment, and could not confirm how many individuals live in the home or what led to their placement.

Seven males were residing in the home when the four suspects were taken into custody, according to court documents.

The four suspects are all charged with robbery, conspiracy, criminal mischief and other offenses.

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