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Fourth robber charged in KFC, CVS, Speedway stick-ups

Police say they also tried to burglarize gun store

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Authorities have arrested a fourth suspect in connection to a robbery spree that targeted a gas station, fast food restaurant and drug store and included the failed burglary of a gun shop.

Allentown police charged Kaseem Lovett-Orr, of Media Street in Bethlehem, with robbery and conspiracy for his role in this summer’s mini crime that crossed three counties. District Judge Carl Balliet arraigned the 24-year-old early Tuesday morning, setting bail at $500,000.

Investigators have already arrested Marcus "Face" Grantham, Montrel “Spade” Mansell and Alan J. Landis for their roles in the armed robberies of a Speedway gas station, KFC and CVS.

Witnesses told police that Lovett-Orr was one of five robbers who stole $308 in cash and about $115 worth of Newport cigarettes from the Speedway at 3640 Route 309 in Orefield on July 5, according to court records. Video surveillance showed that four armed men entered the store, while one stayed outside with the getaway car.

About seven hours after robbing the Speedway, five men robbed the KFC at 2571 Easton Ave. in Bethlehem, making off with $516 in cash, police said. Video surveillance showed three armed men inside the restaurant and two waiting with the car. A witness again named Lovett-Orr as one of the robbers.

Investigators allege that Lovett-Orr was one of four men who tried unsuccessfully to burglarize Shakey’s Gun Shop in Schuylkill County in the early-morning hours of July 12. An alarm chased the would-be burglars away.

About two hours after failing to break in to the gun shop, the four men reportedly walked into the CVS at 1601 Liberty St. in Allentown and stole $651 in cash and about $533 worth of medication from the pharmacy. Police said three of the man were armed, and a witness tied Lovett-Orr to the robbery.

Lovett-Orr faces three counts of robbery and six counts of conspiracy, all felonies. He was sent to Lehigh County Jail after failing to post bail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 9.

Grantham, meanwhile, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 19. Charges against Mansell and Landis were sent to Lehigh County Court. Landis is scheduled for a formal arraignment on Thursday and Mansell is due in court for his formal arraignment on Oct. 26.

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