Lans­dale man headed to county court on armed rob­bery charges

North Penn Life - - Front Page - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nalregis­ter.com

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.

Photo by GE­OFF PAT­TON

Michael An­thony Cre­ciun ar­rives in po­lice cus­tody for his hear­ing in Lans­dale, Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 21, 2013.

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