Man gets 20-40 years for armed robberies of 4 stores

READING, Pa. - A Berks County man could spend up to four decades behind bars for robbing four retail businesses at gunpoint last spring.

A Berks County judge on Wednesday sentenced Evan Price to 20 to 40 years in state prison after Price pleaded guilty to his role in the three-day crime spree.

"The 20-40-year sentence in state court, which was substantially more than the usual state sentences for these charges, was agreed to by Price in exchange for an agreement not to pursue these offenses in federal court," said District Attorney John Adams.

Price first robbed the Tom Sturgis pretzel store on Lancaster Pike in Cumru Township on April 24. Two days later, he knocked off a Turkey Hill convenience store on Morgantown Road near Flying Hills, the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy on West Lancaster Avenue in Shillington, and the Samsonite store at the VF Outlet Center in Wyomissing.

His arrest came not long after the last holdup, where he threatened to shot one of the Samsonite employees in the head, police said.

In all, Price stole approximately $700, officials said.

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