A York City man is facing felony charges after apparently violating a fundamental criminal tenet: Never return to the scene of the crime.
Michael T. Durden, 45, of 510 N. Pershing Ave., will be charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault, making terroristic threats, committing a crime with a firearm, possessing a firearm without a license and being a former felon in illegal possession of a firearm.
Northern York County Regional Police said Durden robbed the Dollar General store in Manchester Township at gunpoint about 8:50 p.m. Oct. 26.
Mistaken identity? Reached Wednesday morning, Durden said it's a case of mistaken identity.
"I am innocent," he told The York Dispatch.
Police said he walked into the 1500 N. George St. store wearing sunglasses, purple and white gloves, a black hat, sweatshirt and pants. He loitered in the store until customers left, then went to the front door and locked it.
Durden showed the two employees there -- a man and a woman -- that he had a gun, then tied up the man's hands and put him in a bathroom, police said.
He then forced the woman employee to empty the store's cash registers, after which he bound her hands and put her in the bathroom too, police allege. He made off with $3,000, police said.
Police released surveillance photos of the robber, but it wasn't until Dec. 22 that the case came together.
Spotted at store: That's the day investigators allege Durden went back to the store, according to Lt. David Lash.
"I think he was just in there shopping," Lash said. "An employee of Dollar General reported to us through 911 that the robbery suspect was back in the store. The suspect left before officers arrived, but employees were able to write down the license plate number of the vehicle he left in."
One of the clerks in the store was the man who'd been a victim of the October robbery, according to the lieutenant.
Lineups: On Jan. 8, that clerk and the female clerk were shown photo lineups, and both identified Durden as being the robber, Lash said.
Police obtained a search warrant for Durden's home, which they executed on Jan. 16.
"We recovered the pair of gloves used in the robbery ... based on the surveillance photos," Lash said.
Lash said police filed the charges Monday, and that Durden has not yet been arraigned on them.
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