Bandit armed with barbeque fork, large knife robs Pa. stores

    Police say a man looking for cash to replenish his crack supply threatened store clerks with a sharpened barbecue fork and a large kitchen knife during a string of robberies in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

    Timothy Burns was charged Monday with robbery, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault on a police officer in connection with a pair of heists in Wilkes-Barre.

    The Citizens’ Voice reports the 31-year-old is also a suspect in three other robberies.

    Burns is jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail pending a June 25 preliminary hearing. Online court records did not list a lawyer to comment on the charges.

    One of the clerks says the man banged a barbeque fork on the counter, lunged at him and demanded money. The clerk says the man bragged he’d never be caught.

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