Lansdale man headed to county court on armed robbery charges
The older of two Lansdale cousins accused of taking part in an armed robbery of a borough coin shop last month is headed to county court.
Michael Anthony Creciun, 21, of the 500 block of Edgemont Avenue in Lansdale agreed to a stipulated hearing Feb. 21 before District Judge Harold Borek of Lansdale. No changes were made to Creciun’s bail or the charges against him, a lengthy list that includes felony charges of aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy.
Wearing a blue prison jumpsuit, Creciun declined to comment on his way into and out of district court Feb. 21, and a family member and pub- lic defender Ayla l’Brien also declined to comment on the case.
Creciun and another Lansdale man — identified by police as his 18- year- old cousin dene oaymond Kulp — are accused of robbing a Main Street coin shop on Jan. 21, allegedly assaulting and threatening an employee there, taking nearly A9,500 worth of coins and paper money, and then cashing out the coins in a change- counting machine just blocks from their home.
Police allege that during the robbery, Creciun displayed a knife and told the 78- year- old victim that he did not want to kill him; the victim later identified Creciun in a suspect lineup after his arrest, according to police. That victim was present in court Feb. 21 but did not testify as no hearing was held.
According to police, on Jan. 22 — the day after the robbery — Creciun went to the Lansdale police station to fill out a gun permit application and was questioned about the robbery. During talks with officers, Creciun allegedly led police to his Edgemont Avenue address, where stolen merchandise was reportedly recovered and Kulp was arrested.
Creciun remains in custody at Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of posting A50,000 bail with a formal arraignment in county court scheduled for April 10. Kulp posted A25,000 bail the day after the robbery and his preliminary hearing is now scheduled for March 12 before Borek, according to court records.
A third man arrested as a result of the investigation into the alleged robbery — identified by police as Anthony Joseph Hughes, 25, of the first block of West Third Street — was arrested later that week and charged with trying to hinder the prosecution by hiding evidence.
Police allege Hughes drove the two back to his apartment after the incident, then drove the two to a nearby supermarket where they cashed out the coins.
According to police, the investigation showed that Creciun had left the knife used in the robbery and a gun he had purchased afterward in Hughes’ apartment, but the weapons were never recovered. Hughes posted A25,000 bail on Jan. 30 and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 26 before Borek, according to court records.
Michael Anthony Creciun arrives in police custody for his hearing in Lansdale, Thursday, February 21, 2013.