- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

FORD CITY, Pa. (AP) - Talk about “tight” games: Robberies at nearby stores have twice forced police in one western Pennsylvania town to lockdown a gymnasium and keep fans waiting inside after high school basketball games in the past week.

The most recent lockdown at Ford City High School, about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, occurred Monday night when someone robbed the nearby Ford City Tobacco store

Police were looking for the suspect and had school officials warn fans to remain in the building after the game ended, the (Kittanning) Leader-Times (https://bit.ly/1eQmIPi ) reported Tuesday.

The fans were released after about 10 minutes. The same thing happened after a game Thursday night, when fans were detained about a half hour after a suspect - possibly the same man - robbed a Fueland Food Store gas station about two blocks away from the tobacco store.

The suspect took an undisclosed sum of money and three packs of Newport cigarettes on Monday. Police believe he may be the same man that robbed the store Thursday, because that man also got away with cash and a pack of Newports, Sgt. John Atherton said.

“It’s probably someone desperate for heroin,” Mayor Marc Mantini said. “Hopefully, we’ll get the bum.”


Information from: Leader Times, https://www.leadertimes.com

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