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Police: Robbery suspect says 'sorry' before sticking up 7-Eleven

Authorities charged pair in a string of holdups

U. NAZARETH TWP., Pa. - The Slate Belt man accused of sticking up a Northampton County 7-Eleven in April reportedly apologized to the clerk before pulling his gun and having her empty both registers.

Authorities on Thursday formally charged Alan H. Oren Jr., of Washington Township, Northampton County, and Ezekial L. Dingle, of Bangor, in connection to the April armed robbery of an Upper Nazareth Township 7-Eleven, the latest set of charges against the pair for a string of armed robberies.

District Judge John Capobianco arraigned them Thursday morning, setting bail for Dingle at $500,000 and at $250,000 for the 17-year-old Oren, who was charged as an adult. Authorities have alleged that Oren served as the getaway driver during the robbery spree.

Upper Nazareth Township police were dispatched to the 7-Eleven at 14 E. Lawn Road shortly after 11 p.m. April 30 in response to an armed robbery report. Video surveillance showed a man entering the convenience store wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, a baseball cap and sunglasses.

As he walked through the front door, the robber pulled the sweatshirt over the bottom half of his face and partially pulled a gun from his front pants pocket, according to court records.

The clerk told police that the robber was “sorry,” but that he had to rob the store, according to records. That’s when he allegedly pulled the gun out of his pocket and made a motion as if he were racking an automatic handgun, police said.

The clerk took money from both registers, and the robber fled east on Klipple Avenue in a waiting vehicle. Authorities said the thief made off with $277.

Upper Nazareth Township police learned on May 4 that police in Wilson Borough arrested two suspects in connection to the armed robbery of a CVS, and that they may have robbed the 7-Eleven. Oren allegedly told investigators that he drove the 21-year-old Dingle to the 7-Eleven after he robbed a Penn Jersey market in the Slate Belt the same night.

Oren allegedly admitted to using his grandparents’ Buick Encore specifically in the 7-Eleven robbery, and Upper Nazareth police said they identified Dingle as the suspect seen in the surveillance footage.

Police charged Dingle with felony counts of robbery, conspiracy and carrying a firearm without a license. He’s also facing misdemeanor counts of theft, conspiracy, receiving stolen property, possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

Oren, meanwhile, faces four counts of conspiracy. Both remain in Northampton County Prison.

The next court date in the latest set of charges is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for July 6.

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