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'Leprechaun-looking’ suspect jailed in 3 convenience heists

The Associated Press

LANCASTER — Police have jailed a “leprechaun-looking” suspect who allegedly robbed three central Pennsylvania convenience stores while wearing a green wig and wielding a machete.

Dispatch file.

Lancaster police tell LNP that 19-year-old Jaime (HY’-mee) Rodriguez held up all three Turkey Hill stores between midnight and 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say they spotted Rodriguez about a block away from the third store and subdued him after a struggle, which including using a police dog who injured the suspect. Police say Rodriguez acknowledged committing the heists, two in Lancaster and one in neighboring Manheim Township.

Nobody was hurt in any of the robberies, though police say Rodriguez did threaten to kill one clerk.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Rodriguez who faces a preliminary hearing March 30.