Lansdale man headed to court in connection to coin store robbery
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a controlled substance against Anthony Joseph Hughes, 25, of the unit block of West Third Street in Lansdale, was withdrawn.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.