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WILKES-BARRE — A suspect held a knife to a clerk during a robbery at Turkey Hill at Hazle Street and Wilkes-Barre Boulevard early Wednesday morning, city police said.

Police said a white man in his 40s, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with a thin build, brown hair and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants entered the store at about 3:48 a.m.

The suspect held a knife to the clerk’s back. The clerk turned around and the suspect then held the knife to the clerk’s stomach demanding money from the cash register, police said.

The suspect ran out of the store and was last seen heading toward Columbus Avenue with cash in a Turkey Hill plastic bag, police said.

Police said the clerk was not injured.

EATON TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock charged Kassie Maranda Kocher, 30, of Meshoppen, with retail theft after she allegedly took $25 worth of items from Pump’n Pantry on Monday.

WILKES-BARRE — Three people were arrested on drug-related charges after police approached their car and believed they were acting suspiciously.

Officers observed the trio inside a vehicle in the area of Blackman and Brown streets a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday and, after making contact with the occupants, found that the front seat passenger and driver immediately began making “furtive movements,” police said.

Officers ordered the occupants to keep their hands were they could be seen, but they failed to follow orders, police said. Police then had the front seat passengers get out and asked the front-seat passenger, identified as Maureen Aptiliasimov, of Jones Street, Nanticoke, if there was anything illegal on her or in the car.

Police said she told them that the driver “wanted her to shove a cigarette pack down her pants,” and that the pack contained drug paraphernalia, police said.

Officers retrieved the pack from the front passenger seat and found a crack pipe inside, police said. Aptiliasimov was arrested and a search revealed she was in possession of another crack pipe along with a marijuana smoking pipe, police said.

The rear-seat passenger, identified as Charles Kizis, of Hilltop Drive, Dallas, was found to have a outstanding warrant out of Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, and he was arrested.

The driver, identified as Linda Kastner, of Main Street, Pittston, was asked if she had anything illegal on her person, or inside her purse, and she told officers that she did not and that they could look, police said.

While looking in her purse, officers discovered a small black purse that contained two hypodermic needles and a spoon, police said.

Kizis was transported directly to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Kastner and Aptiliasimov were transported to Wilkes-Barre Police Headquarters, where they were processed and released. Charges will be filed in this matter, police said.

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police reported the following:

• Jeffrey Tavella reported to police that someone had stolen the license plate bearing Pennsylvania registration number FJP0429 from his 2002 Toyota while it was parked Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Park & Ride lot at state Route 309 and Casey Avenue.

• Kristen McCarroll reported that someone had entered her business, Studio Salon, 11 N. Walnut St., sometime between Saturday after 5 p.m. and Monday at 5:15 p.m., entered a filing cabinet and stole about $150.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 570-208-4635, extension 870, or by email at crimetips@twp.wilkesbarre.pa.us.

• Store security at Price Chopper, 245 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., reported that an unknown male had placed several items from the meat and seafood counter in a shopping cart and left the store without paying on Monday. The suspect then fled the parking lot in a green Buick. The value of the items taken is unknown.

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