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Beltzhoover man arrested over the weekend for Mt. Washington robbery


Last updated 8/29/2018 at 9:44pm

Zone 3 officers responded to a call Saturday night, Aug. 25, around 9 p.m., of an armed robbery at the Rite Aid in the 200 block of Virginia Avenue in Mt. Washington.

Police determined an adult male entered the store, approached a clerk, demanded money and threatened to shoot the clerk. The suspect displayed a gun in his waistband.

The clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled.

When police responded, a witness approached officers with information on a possible suspect. Based on that information, officers went to a home on Greenbush Street and found the suspect on the sidewalk.

Other witnesses provided positive identification of the suspect. Video surveillance from the store also showed the suspect.

As a result, Randy Keller, 48, of Beltzhoover was arrested and charged with robbery.

A police spokesperson noted the arrest is a reminder of the importance of community and witness cooperation as an essential piece in violent crime investigations.

Earlier this month, Major Crimes Commander Victor Joseph told the media, "It is no secret that when the community cooperates with law enforcement, those perpetrating violent crimes are held accountable for their actions. ... The value of this type of trust and cooperation cannot be overstated. It sets the community norms as to what types of behavior will not be tolerated by the community, thus reducing the number of violent crimes in that community."


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