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Gunman robs Family Dollar store in Sinking Spring; 'We'd like to take him off the street,' police chief says

Gunman robs store; 'We'd like to take him off the street,' chief says

SINKING SPRING, Pa. - Police are hoping a sketch leads them to identify a man who robbed a Family Dollar Store in Berks County.

The robber, armed with a handgun, forced employees of the store on Penn Avenue in Sinking Spring to open a safe and hand over cash, said the borough's police chief, Lee Schweyer, adding that the robber fled with approximately $1,000.

No one was injured.

"There were only two employees in the store," said Schweyer. "They were very shaken up."

The robber, depicted in a composite sketch released Friday, is Hispanic and believed to be between the ages of 40 and 50, standing approximately 5 feet, 8 inches and 5 feet, 9 inches tall with freckles, black hair and hazel eyes. Police said he was wearing a black zippered jacket and carrying a red diaper-like bag at the time of the robbery.

Police said they are actively investigating the crime with the help of the Berks County Forensics Team.

"We'd like to take him off the street," said Schweyer.

Meanwhile, shoppers and residents near the store on Friday said they were shocked by the robbery.

"I guess it wakes you up, makes you think," said Kim Maddocks.

"It's shocking," said Chris Pachulil. "Family Dollar is a calm area. I don't know why anybody would do that."

"[It] definitely makes you watch over your shoulder a little bit, 'cause obviously there's bad people around," said Ryan Terreson, who works doors away from the scene of the crime. Terreson said he had actually dropped in the store just minutes before the holdup.

"You never know who's out there now, I guess," he said. "Because I certainly didn't think anything like this would ever happen."

Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to contact the Sinking Spring Police Department at 610-678-1906 or Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913.

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