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Runyan sentenced for robbing gas stations
Friday, October 12, 2012
A local man who pleaded guilty to the robbery of two local gas stations pleaded guilty before Clearfield County President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman Monday.
Robert L. Runyan, 25, currently incarcerated in Clearfield County Jail, was ordered to serve an aggregated five to 12 years in the Western Diagnostic Classification Center, Pitts-burgh, on three separate cases of robbery, terroristic threats, simple assault and receiving stolen property.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, in June police were called to Fuel On in Curwensville regarding an armed robbery. The clerk told police that a white male brandished a black pistol, asked for her money and fled on foot in an unknown direction. Police were able to obtain footage from the surveillance camera. A few days later, Runyan was identified as being the one who committed the robbery.
On the second case of robbery, police were called relative to the robbery of Kwik Fill. The clerk told police a white male demanded money from the clerk and said he would blow his head off. Police noted that his description and his modus operandi were very similar to the robbery in Curwensville. He fled the building heading toward Rails to Trails and into town. Due to the identification of him for the first robbery, police interviewed him relative to this robbery. He admitted and signed a confession.
Police were able to implicate him relative to the theft of equipment belonging to Davey Tree Service. It was learned that he previously worked for Davey Tree Service and knew where the vehicles were parked and what equipment to take. A check of his property revealed several items taken from Davey Tree Service.
Runyan was fined $1 on each charge, is to refrain from the use and possession of alcohol and controlled substances, not enter bars or places that serve alcohol, have no contact with the victims or families, not enter Kwik Fill or Fuel On and pay restitution.
Runyan was on probation when he committed these offenses. As a result, the court found him in violation of his probation and ordered him to serve a concurrent six months to two years in the Western Diagnostic Classification Center, Pitts-burgh, on a charge of theft by unlawful taking.

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