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Woman pleads guilty to robbery conspiracy

Katie Rose Kelly to be sentenced in September for role in holdup of Larksville store.

July 18. 2013 12:28AM

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WILKES-BARRE — An Edwardsville woman pleaded guilty to her role, allegedly with two accomplices, in an armed robbery of a convenience store during which a clerk was handcuffed.

Katie Rose Kelly, 28, of Jackson Street, was inside the Nu Mart store on East State Street minutes before it was robbed on Dec. 2, Larksville police said. Police believe the robbers wanted money to support drug addictions, according to court records.

Kelly pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit robbery on Tuesday. Luzerne County Judge David Lupas said Kelly will be sentenced in September.

Nicholas Reed, 26, of Scranton, is facing charges of unlawful restraint and robbery, and Wayne Taylor, 38, of Philadelphia, is facing a charge of criminal conspiracy to commit robbery in county court.

According to the criminal complaints:

A store clerk told police she was removing a garbage bag when a man, identified as Reed, entered the store armed with a handgun. The clerk was ordered face down on the floor and her hands were handcuffed behind her back.

Police allege in the complaint Reed took money from the register and demanded the clerk open a safe she was unable to open. The clerk said Reed stole her cellphone before he ran out.

A female customer told police she approached the store’s front doors and a man, identified as Taylor, told her something was going on inside. The woman walked back to her car, where Reed confronted her, stealing her keys and cellphone, according to the complaints.

Police detained Kelly and Taylor at her Jackson Street apartment.

Police said surveillance cameras recorded the alleged robbery.

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