Sus­pect in Fair Hill armed rob­bery now charged in Pa. cases

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A Rising Sun man jailed in con­nec­tion with a re­cent string of Ce­cil County armed rob­beries is now fac­ing crim­i­nal charges in Penn­syl­va­nia, po­lice re­ported Wed­nes­day.

The sus­pect, Christo­pher James Lewis, 27, stands ac­cused of steal­ing more than $17,000 in prop­erty dur­ing a crime spree from March 21 to May 20. He al­legedly bur­glar­ized 13 homes in Lan­caster County dur­ing that pe­riod, in ad­di­tion to rob­bing the Lit­tle Bri­tain Store in Lit­tle Bri­tain Town­ship at gun­point on May 17, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

His al­leged crime spree in Lan­caster County over­lapped a se­ries of armed rob­beries — and one failed at­tempt — that oc­curred in Ce­cil County from May 6 through May 22.

Lewis, who was liv­ing in the 200 block of Cod­jus

LAN­CASTER COUNTY, PA.

Drive in Rising Sun dur­ing the crime spree, has been held in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with­out bond since May 25, when Mary­land State Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested and charged him in con­nec­tion with the last in­ci­dent in that se­ries.

Fac­ing five charges, in­clud­ing armed rob­bery, first-de­gree as­sault and use of a hand­gun in the com­mis­sion of a felony or crime of vi­o­lence, Lewis stands ac­cused of rob­bing the Fair Hill Citgo in the 4400 block of Tele­graph Road (Route 273), north of Elkton, shortly be­fore 6 p.m. May 22, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court records.

Lewis al­legedly walked up to the check­out counter, bran­dished a “small cal­iber hand­gun” and de­manded money, po­lice said. Af­ter the em­ployee sur­ren­dered an undis­closed sum of cash, po­lice added, the gun­man ran from the store.

Mary­land State Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors have iden­ti­fied Lewis as a sus­pect in other armed rob­beries that oc­curred in Ce­cil County dur­ing May, although, as of Wed­nes­day, no ad­di­tional charges had been filed against him. An MSP spokesman also had re­ported in May that Lewis was a sus­pect in sev­eral Penn­syl­va­nia bur­glar­ies, as well as the armed rob­bery at the Lit­tle Bri­tain Store.

The crime spree in Ce­cil County started at about 8:15 p.m. May 6, when a man bran­dish­ing a “snub-nosed re­volver” robbed the High’s Dairy Store in the 5600 block of Tele­graph Road, near the Blue Ball Road in­ter­sec­tion, north of Elkton.

The sec­ond one oc­curred at about 9:45 a.m. May 13 at the Dol­lar Gen­eral in Conowingo, where, once again, a gun­man de­manded money and then fled af­ter the cashier re­lin­quished an undis­closed sum of money.

At about 9 p.m. May 14, a gun­man robbed the Pantry One in the 1800 block of Conowingo Road near Rising Sun, an MSP spokesman said, adding that the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is han­dling that in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

MSP in­ves­ti­ga­tors also sus­pect Lewis’ in­volve­ment in an at­tempted armed rob­bery at the Best West­ern ho­tel on Old Bayview Road, near Ce­cil Col­lege, north of North East, about 2:30 a.m. May 21.

Store sur­veil­lance cam­eras video­taped the gun­man dur­ing the at­tempted armed rob­bery and some of the armed rob­beries, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors have cir­cu­lated pho­tos gleaned from that footage, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

In the Penn­syl­va­nia cases, Lewis is ac­cused of steal­ing $17,730 worth of be­long­ings af­ter break­ing into 13 homes, po­lice re­ported.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors al­lege that Lewis broke into most of the homes overnight, while the res­i­dents were sleep­ing, po­lice said. Two home­own­ers con­fronted the sus­pect and he fled with­out tak­ing any­thing from them, po­lice added.

The list of prop­erty al­legedly stolen by Lewis in­cludes three guns, jew­elry, elec­tron­ics, a four-wheeler, a dirt bike, six purses, cash and tools.

Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice de­tec­tives filed charges against Lewis on Wed­nes­day and is­sued a war­rant for his ar­rest, know­ing that he al­ready was a CCDC pre-trial in­mate in con­nec­tion with the Fair Hill Citgo armed rob­bery, CCSO of­fi­cials con­firmed.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MSP

This sur­veil­lance photo shows the gun­man — a sus­pect whom in­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied as Christo­pher James Lewis, 27, of Rising Sun — dur­ing the armed rob­bery at the Citgo in Fair Hill on May 22.

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