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Thirsty robbery suspect arrested at convenience store
HARRISBURG, Pa. (12/31/07)--A thirsty robbery suspect’s decision to stop for a drink at a convenience store shortly after an attempted credit union robbery resulted in his arrest. After allegedly attempting to rob the Blue Chip FCU in Harrisburg, Paul Risser, 35, stopped about a half-mile away at the Turkey Hill Mini Mart where he and a friend bought a beverage. Risser was promptly arrested by police (Life is a Highway Dec. 28). Risser was charged with Wednesday’s robbery attempt, as well as three other robberies: Dec. 2 and Dec. 11 at Blue Chip FCU, and Dec. 20 at Mid Penn Bank in Steelton, according to police. He was in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail, officials said. Mary Lynn Tylenda, Blue Chip CEO, told the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association a robber stole cash during the Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 robberies. After the second robbery, the credit union kept the doors locked during business hours and added several forms of security, including guards stationed in the lobby. Other precautions included allowing only individuals who could be identified inside the credit union, and requiring individuals to remove sunglasses and hoods before entering. When Risser arrived at the credit union on Wednesday, he noticed a security sign on the door and departed. The security guard and staff recognized him and called police. The guard chased Risser and identified his vehicle, which police found at the convenience store. Tylenda said she appreciates the efforts of her staff and thanks members for their patience in dealing with the beefed-up security. Only one member complained about heightened security, but once the situation was explained, he apologized for complaining, she said. Some members have volunteered to be stationed in the credit union lobby to help with security, Tylenda added.
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