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Woman accused in Lost River Caverns burglary charged in Wawa robbery

She's also accused of robbing a TopStar Exxon

FOUNTAIN HILL, Pa. - The woman accused of burglarizing Lost River Caverns in Hellertown before robbing a nearby convenience store in the borough is also charged with holding up a Fountain Hill convenience store hours later.

Fountain Hill police charged Martha H. Toukolehto, of East High Street in Hellertown, with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and terroristic threats in connection to the early-morning stickup of the Wawa at 1429 Broadway. District Judge Wayne Maura arraigned the 31-year-old late Wednesday afternoon, setting bail at $100,000.

Borough police responded to a holdup alarm at the Wawa shortly after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. A clerk told police that a woman later identified as Toukolehto allegedly brandished a long, pointed metal rod and demanded cash, according to court records.

Toukolehto allegedly threatened to hit the employee with the rod, if she didn’t hand over the cash. The clerk said Toukolehto drove away in a PT Cruiser with $413. Police said the robbery was caught on video surveillance.

Bethlehem police had stopped Toukolehto, and the Wawa employee reportedly identified her as the robber.

Hellertown police were dispatched to Lost River Caverns about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday for a burglary alarm. They arrived to find that someone had smashed a plate glass window at the front of the building and damaged several display cases, stealing several pieces of jewelry.

While still at Lost River Caverns, borough police responded to the TopStar Exxon at 1570 Main St., in the borough at 2 a.m. for a report of a robbery in progress. The clerk there reported the robber brandished the same metal bar and made off with $141, according to records.

Toukolehto faces a dozen charges in Northampton County. She was arraigned on those charges Wednesday morning and was sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $50,000 bail.

She’s tentatively scheduled for a March 22 preliminary hearing in Lehigh County and a March 29 preliminary hearing in Northampton County.


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