Lehigh Valley

Man charged in connection with second dollar store robbery

Armed holdups happened about a month apart

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man already in Lehigh County Jail for allegedly robbing a Dollar Tree is now facing charges for allegedly robbing a Family Dollar after investigators linked him to cigarette packs dropped during the stickup.

Allentown police charged Jermaine J. Green with robbery, theft, simple assault and receiving stolen property in connection with the March 22 robbery of a Family Dollar at 1431 Allen St. District Judge Michael Faulkner arraigned the 42-year-old late Friday night, setting bail at $150,000.

Green has been in county jail since April 21 in connection with the April 20 armed robbery of the Dollar Tree at 1201 Liberty St. He failed to post $75,000 in connection with that case.

Authorities responded to the Family Dollar shortly before 10 p.m. March 22 to investigate an armed robbery in which a store employee was assaulted.

The robber jumped the counter with a black handgun, pointed it at two cashiers and demanded money, according to court records. Police said he punched one cashier in the face before grabbing a trash bag and stuffing it with packs of Newport cigarettes.

Police said Green used a fake handgun in the other robbery.

He forced the cashier he assaulted to open the register. The drawer was empty, and police said he punched her in the face a second time. He ran off with only a bag of smokes.

The suspect covered his face, but didn’t wear gloves, allowing investigators to pull a fingerprint off a pack of cigarettes he dropped behind the counter. A search matched the print to Green, police said.

When police searched his apartment on April 20 in connection to the Dollar Tree robbery, investigators allegedly found clothing that matched clothing the suspect was seen wearing in the Family Dollar robbery, according to records.

Green’s preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 12, but he’s also scheduled for a May 26 preliminary hearing in connection with the Dollar Tree robbery.

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