June Preliminary Hearing Set For Alleged Robber

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A June 21 (2018; Thursday) preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a Pottstown area man, arrested Tuesday (June 5) by Lower Pottsgrove police, as the alleged perpetrator of a strong-arm burglary that occurred only two days earlier at the Turkey Mill Minit Market convenience store No. 260, 3051 E. High St.

Township Police Chief Michael Foltz praised work by his detective and officers, and extended thanks for assistance from the Pottstown Police Department, in the quick apprehension of Patrick Ryan Gragg, 25 (at top). He was charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, retail theft, receiving stolen property, and simple assault, and also was wanted on other outstanding warrants, according to Lower Pottsgrove’s CrimeWatch website.

Police claim Gragg is the formerly unidentified “white male suspect (who) entered the store (Sunday, June 3, at 11:18 p.m.) and stole a carton of Newport 100 cigarettes from the clerk, and several items of food totaling approximately $100 before fleeing.” The store clerk sustained minor injuries.

“Aside from having excellent video surveillance from the store, many tips were received by the police department” leading to Gragg’s arrest, the website reported.

Gragg was jailed when he could not post $25,000 cash bail set by Magisterial District Justice Edward Kropp Sr. following his preliminary arraignment. The judge also ordered Gragg to have no contact with the victims in the case. Gragg also is scheduled to face Kropp for the preliminary hearing.

Gragg photo from Lower Pottsgrove police

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