Facing robbery charges, West Reading councilman resigns

WEST READING, Pa. - A West Reading borough councilman has resigned two weeks after being charged with robbery.

Council President Nicholas Imbesi said Thursday morning that he received and accepted Kirk Mullen's resignation, effective immediately.

Mullen, 34, stole $16,395 worth of oxycodone and OxyContin pills during a robbery of the West Reading Drug Store on Penn Avenue on February 19, according to Berks County District Attorney John Adams.

Mullen was wearing a mask over his face, but he showed no weapon during the holdup, Adams said.

Mullen was charged March 1 with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, possession with intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled substance.

He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon, but he waived his right to appear.

Mullen joined the borough council in January 2019. Information about filling his vacancy will be announced soon, the council president said.

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