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Pottstown residents on edge after series of robberies

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 19 2013 09:30:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 20 2013 09:25:55 AM CDT

Pottstown residents on edge after series of robberies

POTTSTOWN, Pa. -

A series of violent robberies in downtown Pottstown has some residents on alert.

Now, local leaders are calling on the public to pitch in to find the criminals.

"I think it's crazy," said Cookie Wright, who lives in the area. "I really do."

Over the past week, 69 News has covered several robberies in Pottstown, all occurring somewhere along East High Street.

"I've lived here all my life," said Chris Harper. "It was never this bad. Crime is everywhere."

The most recent robbery happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday at a Gulf gas station in the 600 block of East High Street.

Earlier that same day police said a National Penn Bank branch in the 300 block of East High Street was robbed for the second time in a month.

Christopher Lee Blount, from Pottstown, was arrested and charged in connection with both bank robberies, police said.

"Behavior like this, any type of armed robbery, or non armed, is just wrong. And at the end of the day I think our police department will do a good job in apprehending the other individuals," said Jeff Chomnuk, borough council vice president. "I think they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Police are still on the hunt for a man who, in addition to robbing a McDonald's in the 1400 block of East High Street, also robbed a woman in a parking lot less than a block away from the Pottstown police station. When the victim's boyfriend tried to stop the robbery, he was also injured, authorities said.

Local leaders are asking the public to report suspicious activity.

69 News reached out to Pottstown Mayor Bonnie Heath, who explained that she is working with the police department in setting up ordinances to dissuade people with bad intentions. She also said she feels safe everywhere in the borough.

If you have any information on these crimes, contact the Pottstown Police detective division at 610-970-6570.