SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE - Convenience Store Robbery Solved in Minutes - 12/4/2018




Henri J D Reeves
Black, Non-Hispanic Male, 37 years old, homeless
Charges: Felony Robbery
Bail: $350,000.00


At 11:47 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2018, Henri J D Reeves, M/37, homeless, entered the Turkey Hill convenience store at 1349 Millersville Pike in Lancaster Township and walked up to the counter.  Reeves presented a note to the clerk which read “cash in bag.”  While doing so, Reeves held his right hand up to his waistband pocket implying that he was armed.  Reeves’ actions caused the clerk to feel threatened, believe he was armed, and would do harm if the clerk failed to comply with Reeves’ demand.  The clerk put money into a plastic bag, handed it to Reeves, and Reeves left the store.

At 11:48 p.m., Manheim Township Police were dispatched to the store for the robbery and arrived four (4) minutes later.  The officers investigating the incident requested to see the store’s surveillance footage.  One of the officers immediately recognized Reeves as the person who committed the robbery, due to prior police contacts with him.  The same officer had also seen Reeves approximately thirty (30) minutes prior to the robbery wearing the same clothes that he was wearing during the execution of the robbery.

The description of Reeves was given to another officer in the area who quickly located him at 12:08 a.m. in the 1200 block of Millersville Pike.  When located, Reeves was still wearing the same clothing that he wore during the execution of the robbery.  Reeves was also identified by the clerk.  Reeves was taken into physical custody and during a search incident to arrest was found in possession of cash, pepper spray, and a note that read “cash in bag.”  Reeves was transported to the police station where he was processed and interviewed.  Reeves denied any involvement in the robbery.  Reeves was taken to Central Arraignment where he was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Edward A. Tobin who set bail at $350,000.00, which Reeves could not post.  Reeves was remanded to Lancaster County Prison.

“This is an example of good police work. The officers involved were familiar with the area and the people in it, and their knowledge and observation skills paid off. Their quick response and actions resulted in getting a potentially dangerous person off the street before he could commit another crime,” said Chief of Police Thomas E. Rudzinski.



MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentm@police.co.lancaster.pa.us

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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