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The arrest of a man accused of robbing a Spring Grove sub shop at knifepoint on Dec. 26 basically fell into the laps of officers searching for him, police said.

Southwestern Regional Police said they were searching an apartment in the 400 block of Pine Avenue in Spring Grove for Steven A. Hall on Wednesday afternoon, but initially couldn't find him.

That's when Hall, 28, of no fixed address, fell from the ceiling where he had been hiding, according to police. He was immediately taken into custody and is now charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He remains in York County Prison on $50,000 bail, and also has a Dauphin County detainer with a $20,000 bail, according to prison records.

Investigators went to the apartment after receiving information Hall was there and had just started to check a storage space in the apartment's ceiling or attic when Hall plummeted to the floor, according to police.

Police said they were able to identify Hall as the masked robber thanks to tips from the public.

It is unclear whether Hall has retained an attorney.

Trail of clothing: Police said Hall shed and tossed layers of clothing as he fled from the Subway restaurant on West Hanover Street.

Officers collected an Under Armour sweatshirt, a sweater, work boots and a knife that Hall is believed to have discarded as he ran, police said.

"(The items) were found in two locations in back yards of homes within the vicinity of the Subway," Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean has said.

The items are being tested for fingerprints and traces of DNA, Bean confirmed.

Hall allegedly walked into the Subway about 9:20 p.m. Dec. 26 and jumped over the counter while wielding a knife, police said.

There were two young men working at the restaurant at the time, Bean said, and they escaped without injury.

"They ran out the back door, and ran for some time," he said.

The clerks called 911 as they fled to safety, police said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.

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