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Bethlehem teens charged in armed robbery of Center Street gas station

Police said one suspect is 15 years old

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A 15-year-old Bethlehem resident has been charged as an adult in connection to an armed robbery of a Center Street gas station Wednesday night.

Police charged 15-year-old Ryen M. Mohr and 18-year-old Angelo Melendez with robbery and related offenses for their alleged roles in the gunpoint robbery of Ike’s Shell Station at 1310 Center St. District Judge Antonio Grifo arraigned both suspects Thursday night, setting bail for Melendez at $60,000 and $50,000 for Mohr.

Police said they are continuing their investigation, including any possible links to the Sept. 7 robbery of a Bethlehem dry cleaners.

Bethlehem police were dispatched to the gas station shortly before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to investigate an armed robbery. A clerk told officers that two younger males came into the store wearing dark sweatshirts and bandanas over their faces, according to court records.

One of the robbers pulled a handgun and demanded cash, while the other held open the front door, according to records.

The clerk said the gunman had distinctive reddish, curly hair. The pair ran out of the store with $225. Police were able to develop a description of the two robbers from video surveillance.

Authorities circulated the video to all officers, and a patrolman spotted two males matching the description walking south on Center Street near East Greenwich Thursday evening. After they were stopped and identified, a woman identified as Mohr’s mother stopped to speak with police. When shown a snapshot of the robbers, she allegedly told the officer “that is him,” according to records.

During an interview with police, Melendez allegedly admitted to committing the robbery with Mohr. 

Bethlehem police issued a news release indicating the investigation “is active and ongoing.”
Authorities are asking that anyone with information on the two suspects and the Ike’s Shell Station robbery or the Sept. 7 robbery of the Bethlehem Star Dry Cleaner are asked to call Bethlehem police detectives at 610-865-7187.

Police charged Mohr and Melendez each with two counts of robbery and single counts of simple assault, theft and possession of an instrument of a crime. Neither posted bail and were sent to Northampton County Prison to await preliminary hearings scheduled for Sept. 24.

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