Police say accused gas station robber returned to buy cigarettes

 

Police say a Bethlehem man accused of robbing a Sunoco gas station at knife point this summer returned about an hour later to buy cigarettes.

Bethlehem police charged Zachary R. Sigley, of Johnston Drive, with robbery and reckless endangerment in connection to the July 21 robbery of the Sunoco Food Mart at 2960 Linden St. District Judge Roy Manwaring arraigned the 30-year-old Thursday afternoon, setting bail at $100,000.

Officers responded to the convenience store about 4 a.m. the morning of the robbery. The clerk told police that he was sitting outside when a man wearing a baseball hat, gloves and something covering the bottom of his face approached him, according to court records. The robber allegedly threatened the clerk with a knife and told the victim that he'd kill him, if he didn't hand over the money, according to records.

The robber forced the clerk back inside and took the cell phone from his hand before ordering him to open the cash register. He made off with $1,328 in cash and the clerk's $500 phone, according to police.

Investigators said video surveillance showed the man "emerge from the dark" from the south side of the store carrying a yellow plastic bag, according to records. Surveillance also clearly showed what he was wearing.

Police said other camera angles show the robber motioning the clerk to stand up before forcefully grabbing his arm, walking him into the store and pushing him behind the counter. A camera angle from inside the store reportedly showed a distinctive tattoo on the man's left leg.

Cameras show him leaving the store with the plastic bag of cash and running toward Butztown Road.

Police said a pickup truck pulled into the parking lot about an hour later, and a man with a similar build and the same "distinctive tattoo" on his leg as the robber spoke with the clerk and another employee before buying a pack of cigarettes.

The now-customer is seen in video surveillance turning away from the employee to shield his view from the "large wad" of cash he just pulled from his pocket. Bethlehem police asked for the public's help in identifying the man they believed robbed the Sunoco. He was identified as Sigley within an hour of police posting his photo to the department's Facebook page.

Police said the pickup seen in video surveillance was parked outside his Johnston Drive home.

Authorities on Aug. 2 charged Sigley with two felony counts of robbery and single misdemeanor counts of theft, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats and possessing an instrument of a crime. He failed to post bail following his arraignment and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 3.