Two Newark-area men were arrested in Pennsylvania on Wednesday and charged with committing armed robberies in that state, as well as Delaware and Maryland.
Investigators identified the suspects as Joshua Foster, 27, of Ferncliff Road in Windy Hills; and Kyle Jones, 29, of East Hanna Drive in Piermont Woods.
Members of the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department and the Tredyffrin Police Department arrested Foster and Jones early Wednesday on Route 202 in Chester County, Pa., moments after the pair allegedly had committed its second robbery in that area in a three-day period, police said.
As of Thursday, Foster and Jones remained jailed in Chester County Prison, each in lieu of $300,000 bond, according to police.
On Sunday, three days before they were captured in Pennsylvania, Foster and Jones allegedly committed a knifepoint robbery at the 7-Eleven in the 1500 block of Elkton Road, just over the Delaware/Maryland state line.
In that holdup, one of the men — wearing a tan ski mask, black hooded sweatshirt and yellow gloves — allegedly walked behind the unoccupied 7-Eleven checkout counter at 7:10 a.m. and attempted to open the cash register, reported Lt. Michael Holmes, a spokesman for the Cecil County Sheriff's Office.
Seconds later, a worker who had been elsewhere in the store walked into the checkout area, where he was approached by the knifeman, Holmes said.
“The suspect grabs the employee from behind and places the knife against his back. The worker did not seek medical attention, but the blade actually caused a minor injury, an abrasion,” Holmes said, adding, “The suspect demands money from the cash register, and the employee complies.”
Carrying a cash drawer holding an undisclosed sum of money, the robber ran outside the store and got into the front passenger’s seat of a waiting car. The getaway driver also was wearing a ski mask, police reported.
The vehicle was last seen driving on Elkton Road toward Newark, Holmes said.
Then on Monday, a day after the Elkton robbery, police responded to a Lukoil gas station in Thornbury Township, Pa., at about 7 p.m. for a reported armed robbery, police reported.
The Lukoil owner told investigators that the suspect brandished a knife and demanded that he give him the money drawer from the cash register, police said, adding that the owner obliged. The suspect also stole cartons of cigarettes.
“Detectives created a crime alert that was sent to all law enforcement throughout the Delaware Valley and, a short time later, detectives received calls from the Delaware State Police Troop 2 and the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office. Soon after, it was discovered that the offenders in the Lukoil robbery had committed similar gas station robberies since (Sunday) in Delaware and Maryland,” a Westtown-East Goshen police spokesman outlined.
Then on Wednesday, the Caln Township (Pa.) Police Department responded to a reported robbery at the Turkey Hill gas station in that jurisdiction and investigators later learned that a masked man had entered the gas station and stole several cartons of cigarettes, police reported.
Police set up surveillance on Route 202 and pulled over a vehicle matching the description of the robbers' getaway car.
Officers arrested Foster and Jones at the traffic stop scene, police said.
Both are charged with robbery, conspiracy, aggravated assault, simple assault, retail theft, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, prohibited offensive weapons, possessing instruments of crime, harassment and disorderly conduct, police added.
Foster and Jones are scheduled for Jan. 17 preliminary hearings in the Pennsylvania cases, according to police. Charges against Foster and Jones are pending in the Cecil County armed robbery case.
Police in Delaware have not said what charges Foster and Jones could face here, but the defendants' description matches that of the suspects in Monday's armed robbery of a Valero gas station located at 1327 McKennans Church Road.