Lans­dale man headed to court in con­nec­tion to coin store rob­bery

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By Michael Alan Gold­berg

A Lans­dale man ac­cused of hin­der­ing the pros­e­cu­tion of two Lans­dale cousins who al­legedly com­mit­ted the Jan­uary armed rob­bery of Hen’s Coins on Main Street by dis­pos­ing of two weapons owned by one of the cousins waived his right to a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing be­fore aistrict Judge Harold Borek of Lans­dale March 26, and now heads to county court.

In ex­change for the waiver, a misdemeanor charge of pos­sess­ing a con­trolled sub­stance against An­thony Joseph Hughes, 25, of the unit block of West Third Street in Lans­dale, was with­drawn.

Hughes — who re­mains free on A25,000 bail fol­low­ing his Jan. P0 ar­rest — still faces third-de­gree felony hin­der­ing ap­pre­hen­sion or pros­e­cu­tion, sec­ond-de­gree misdemeanor tam­per­ing with phys­i­cal ev­i­dence and misdemeanor pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana charges. Hughes will be for­mally ar­raigned at the Mont­gomery County Court of Com­mon Pleas in Norristown May 8.

Ac­cord­ing to Lans­dale po­lice, Hughes picked up Cre­ciun and his 18-yearold cousin, dene oay­mond Kulp, im­me­di­ately af­ter the pair al­legedly robbed the coin shop Jan. 21, drove them to his apart­ment and then later drove them to a gro­cery store where the cousins al­legedly cashed some of the stolen rare coins in a Coin Star ma­chine.

au­r­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice said, they re­cov­ered a re­ceipt for a .40 cal­iber ouger hand­gun bought at a Hat­fiHOG Jun sKRS by CrHFLun Jan. 21 — po­lice be­lieve he may have used some of the pro­ceeds from the rob­bery to fund the pur­chase.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, Jan. 22, Cre­ciun went to the Lans­dale Po­lice aepart­ment WR fiOO RuW D Jun SHrPLW DS­pli­ca­tion, po­lice said, and — based on in­for­ma­tion de­tec­tives had gleaned dur­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion — was ques­tioned about the rob­bery and then taken into cus­tody.

au­r­ing ques­tion­ing, court pa­pers show, Cre­ciun said that the gun, as well as the knife he used dur­ing the rob­bery, were “at a friend’s house,” but he would not iden­tify that friend.

Later on Jan. 22, ac­cord­ing WR WKH DI­fiGDvLW, GHWHFWLvHs went to Hughes’ apart­ment to ques­tion him, ad­vis­ing him that he was nei­ther un­der ar­rest nor a sus­pect in the rob­bery, and that he was not in trou­ble if there were items in­side his apart­ment that po­lice needed for ev­i­dence. Hughes, who would not let de­tec­tives in­side his apart­ment, de­nied any knowl­edge of or involvement in the rob­bery and was “eva­sive with his an­swers,” po­lice said.

The fol­low­ing day, Jan. 2P — based on in­for­ma­tion po­lice had re­ceived dur­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion that, fol­low­ing the de­tec­tives’ visit, Hughes had thrown the gun into a aump­ster at a Lans­dale apart­ment com­plex — au­thor­i­ties checked the aump­sters but found them empty, since the trash had al­ready been hauled DwDy, WKH DI­fiGDvLW sWDWHs.

ln Jan. 29, a search war­rant was is­sued for Hughes’ apart­ment. au­r­ing the search, nei­ther the gun nor the knife were found, but po­lice dis­cov­ered a small bag of mar­i­juana, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. Po­lice al­leged that Hughes then ad­mit­ted to de­tec­tives that he had lied about his involvement in the case, stat­ing that Cre­ciun had left the gun and knife in Hughes’ bed­room be­fore go­ing to the Lans­dale Po­lice aepart­ment to ap­ply for the gun per­mit, and that af­ter de­tec­tives left his apart­ment Jan. 22, he put both the gun and the knife used in the rob­bery in a trash bag and put them in the aump­ster.

Kulp, who posted A25,000 bail fol­low­ing his Jan. 22 ar­rest, waived his pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing be­fore Borek March 12 and will be for­mally ar­raigned on 20 charges — in­clud­ing felony rob­bery, ag­gra­vated as­sault, theft and con­spir­acy to com­mit rob­bery — in county court April 24. Mean­while, Cre­ciun, who re­mains in­car­cer­ated at Mont­gomery County Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity since his Jan. 22 ar­rest af­ter fail­ing to post A50,000 bail, agreed to a stip­u­lated hear­ing Feb. 21 be­fore Borek, dur­ing which no changes were made to his bail or the charges levied against him.

Cre­ciun faces a for­mal ar­raign­ment on 21 charges — in­clud­ing felony rob­bery, ag­gra­vated as­sault, theft and con­spir­acy to com­mit rob­bery — April 10 in county court.

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