POTTSTOWN PA – A 32-year-old Pottstown man was arrested Thursday (March 21, 2019) by borough police, and charged with the armed robbery of the Gulf gasoline station and convenience store at 615 E. High St. (at top). The police department, in a statement to the media, said Kiegel Andrew Jacob was identified as a suspect “based on video surveillance and evidence located at the scene.”
A Gulf employee said a black male armed with a handgun entered the gas station Tuesday (March 19) at around 9 p.m. and demanded money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the report. There were no injuries, it indicated, and apparently no shots fired.
A subsequent investigation led police to Jacob, they said, and prompted them to obtain a search warrant for his apartment. Its address was not provided. “The search yielded additional evidence connected to the robbery,” the statement added.
Jacob faces three robbery-related counts, as well as those of aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, possession of a weapon, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, two counts of simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person, court records state.
He was in court Thursday afternoon for a preliminary arraignment, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 10 in Pottstown before Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr., according to the records. He was transferred to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA after he was unable to post a cash bail to $250,000.
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