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Krick's Korner store in Reading reopens for business day after deadly robbery

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:54:49 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 06 2013 04:17:29 AM CST

Twenty-four hours after two men were killed during a botched robbery in Reading, the corner store where it happened was open again for business.

READING, Pa. -

Twenty-four hours after two men were killed during a botched robbery in Reading, the corner store where it happened was open again for business.

Crowds gathered outside Krick's Korner, 1671 N. Ninth St., and candles flickered on the sidewalk Tuesday.     

Two masked men armed with guns burst inside the store Monday afternoon. They were met by a man described by officials as a "concerned citizen," who witnessed the robbery in progress.

"He saw the first suspect with his arms extended, holding a large revolver, and he looked and saw a second suspect, also with his arms extended," said Sgt. John Solecki, Reading Police Dept.

That citizen, whose name has not been released, called 911. When the two men came outside, they threatened him, and the tables were turned, said police.    

The store owner had no comment Tuesday, but former city councilman and store regular, Mike Schorn, spoke on his behalf.

"He's so sad by the whole thing because it's bad for his business, and it's very sad for the obvious result," said Schorn.

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Alexander Garcia-Bialek was charged Tuesday, keeping his head down as he was led out of police headquarters overnight.

Garcia-Bialek, 21, was picked up at his home in Fleetwood, and police are calling him the would-be getaway driver.

"He was charged as an accomplice because he was involved in the planning of this robbery where they targeted that store," said Solecki.

Garcia-Bialek is facing second degree murder and conspiracy charges.

Police said they are confident no one else was involved in the robbery.