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Philadelphia man charged in connection to 7-Eleven robbery

The Bethlehem store was robbed in September

S. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - A Philadelphia man is facing robbery and conspiracy charges for his alleged role in last month’s armed robbery of a Bethlehem convenience store.

Authorities on Wednesday charged Anthony R. Cahoe-Jackson in connection to the Sept. 7 robbery of the 7-Eleven at 101 E. Broad St. in Bethlehem. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 21-year-old, setting bail at $100,000.

Court records indicate that the South Whitehall Township Police Department filed the charges as part of a joint investigation with “multiple jurisdictions.” The criminal complaint is based on an investigation by the Bethlehem Police Department.

Bethlehem police were dispatched to the 7-Eleven shortly after 1 a.m. Sept. 7 to investigate an armed robbery involving three men.

Authorities said one man carrying a silver metal pipe forced the night manager behind the counter and ordered him to open the cash register, according to court records. The manager was then escorted to a room in the back of the store and ordered not to move, according to court records.

Investigators said one man inspected the rest of the store, a second man emptied the register of about $80 and the third man filled a black garbage bag with about $1,400 worth of cigarettes from the shelf, according to records.

A detective notified patrol officers about the suspects and the vehicle, and surveillance video revealed that two of the men were wearing white latex gloves. Investigators determined that a U-Haul truck with Arizona registration and a “Manitoba Province” design was involved, based on an ongoing investigation of similar robberies. Court records do not detail any other alleged robberies.

Police later found the U-Haul with three men inside, matching the suspects in the 7-11 robbery, according to records. Authorities allege they found several pairs of used white latex gloves, a metal pipe and a garbage bag full of smokes inside the truck.

Officers took Cahoe-Jackson, Damair Brunson and Lawrence R. Smith-Tyson into custody. Once at police headquarters, Cahoe-Jackson allegedly said he would speak with an attorney about that night’s robbery, but not about any other robberies because he wasn’t involved.

Court records show Bethlehem police charged Brunson and Smith-Tyson with robbery, conspiracy and related charges in connection to an Aug. 5 case. They were arrested and charged with those crimes the same day at the Sept. 7 robbery, according to records.

Police charged Cahoe-Jackson with robbery, conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property and possessing an instrument of a crime. He was sent to county jail after failing to post bail ahead of a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 26.

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