ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Authorities allege an Allentown man stole $225 from a Dollar Tree using what ended up being a fake handgun.
Allentown police charged Jermaine J. Green, of the 400 block of Hamilton Street, with robbery, receiving stolen property, theft and simple assault in connection with the gunpoint robbery Thursday morning at 1202 Liberty St. District Judge David Howells arraigned the 42-year-old Friday morning, setting bail at $75,000.
Witnesses told police that a man with a beard and large scar on his face robbed the Dollar Tree at gunpoint shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday. Using a description provided by witnesses, police reviewed city surveillance cameras in the area of 12th and Liberty streets and spotted the suspect getting into a gray Infiniti SUV, according to court records.
Authorities spotted the vehicle about three blocks from the robbery, and stopped the owner for questioning.
The driver told investigators he picked up a man later identified as Green at Hamilton Towers at 404 Hamilton St. He also told authorities that the mother of his child lived in the same building.
A search of his cell phone turned up a phone number that investigators later used to identify Green. Hamilton Towers staff confirmed Green lived in the building and verified the phone number police found was the contact number listed for Green.
Surveillance video reportedly shows Green leaving the building and returning the day of the robbery wearing the same clothing described by witnesses. The owner of the Infiniti reportedly admitted driving Green to the area of the Dollar Tree, and a search warrant turned up the clothing and a fake handgun, according to records.
Green failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 28.
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