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Authorities say suspects in CVS holdup linked to other armed robberies

Police make connection to Slate Belt robbery

U. MT. BETHEL TWP., Pa. - Authorities allege the two suspects in the gunpoint robbery of a CVS in Wilson Borough are suspected in a series of other stickups.

Pennsylvania State Police said Ezekial Dingle and Alan Oren Jr. are suspected in the armed robbery Monday of Penn Jersey Mart in Upper Mount Bethel Township. Authorities link the pair to the robbery in the criminal complaint for Christopher M. Rauh, the third suspect in the Penn Jersey Mart armed robbery.

District Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzalez arraigned Rauh early Thursday morning on robbery, theft and receiving stolen property charges. She set bail for the teen at $100,000.

Charges have not yet been filed against Dingle and Oren in connection to any other alleged crimes.

Police in Wilson Borough allege Dingle walked into the CVS at 15th and Northampton streets early Wednesday morning with a red bandana over his face and ordered staff at gunpoint to empty the registers. Authorities said he made off with about $755 and a pack of chewing gum.

The 17-year-old Oren, who is being charged as an adult, was the alleged get-away driver. Easton police detained the pair about 30 minutes after the robbery.

While being questioned by investigators, Dingle and Oren were identified as suspects in other robberies, and Dingle allegedly admitted to the the Penn Jersey Mart heist.

State police with the Belfast barracks responded to the market at 975 Mount Bethel Highway about 2:15 a.m. Monday to investigate a robbery. Video surveillance showed two robbers entering the store. One pulled a handgun from his waistband and demanded money, while the other, who was wearing a red bandana over his face, served as a lookout, according to court records.

Police said the pair jumped into a waiting light brown SUV with about $400 in cash and four cartons of Marlboro cigarettes.

Dingle, of Bangor, allegedly told investigators he was the one on video wearing sunglasses and a hooded sweatshirt pulling an SCCY 9mm handgun, the same gun used in the CVS robbery. He identified the 18-year-old Rauh as his accomplice and said Oren, of Washington Township, Northampton County, was behind the wheel of the waiting Buick Encore, according to records.

The trio allegedly split the $400.

State police searched Rauh’s Garibaldi Avenue home in Roseto Wednesday evening and allegedly found 13 unopened packs of Marlboros, an empty cigarette carton and a red bandana. During an interview with police, Rauh wore shoes and a T-shirt that were very similar to ones worn by the lookout, according to records. He allegedly copped to taking part in the robbery and scoring $100.

Rauh failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 18. Oren and Dingle are also in county prison.

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