Serial robber nabbed in Poconos

Thomas Gra­ham

The hunt for a seri­al con­veni­ence store rob­ber led Phil­adelphia po­lice to the Po­cono Moun­tains, where they ar­res­ted the al­leged crook on May 20.

Thomas Gra­ham, 44, was ar­res­ted in Al­brights­ville, Car­bon County, in con­nec­tion with three hold-ups at a May­fair Wawa since March 21, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Den­nis Rosen­baum of North­east De­tect­ives. Gra­ham also robbed the same store at 7001 Roosevelt Blvd. on April 15 and May 15 be­fore skip­ping town, Rosen­baum said.

Po­lice be­lieve Gra­ham has re­l­at­ives in the Car­bon County area.

Sur­veil­lance video and pub­lic tips helped de­tect­ives identi­fy Gra­ham as the cul­prit. The March 21 heist oc­curred at about 3:30 a.m. when the crook entered the store wear­ing a winter cap and a mask cov­er­ing the lower part of his face. He poured a cup of cof­fee, placed it on the cash­ier’s counter and handed some cash to the clerk. He asked the em­ploy­ee how much the cof­fee cost. When the em­ploy­ee replied with the price, Gra­ham al­legedly com­plained, “Damn that’s a lot.” He mo­tioned to the clerk as if he had a hand­gun con­cealed in his jack­et pock­et, then de­man­ded the con­tents of the re­gister, po­lice said.

As an­oth­er pat­ron ap­proached the counter un­aware of the rob­bery in pro­gress, the clerk sur­rendered an un­dis­closed wad of cash to the ban­dit, who fled the store.

Sim­il­ar rob­ber­ies oc­curred on April 15 at about 11:15 p.m. and May 15 at about 11:30 p.m., al­though the crook skipped his cof­fee di­ver­sion and got straight to the hold-up.

Gra­ham is jailed in Phil­adelphia pris­on in lieu of $450,000 bail. A pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing is sched­uled for June 5. ••

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