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