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Two York County men charged in store robberies
Two York County men are facing multiple charges, accused of robbing two southern York County convenience stores on the night of March 19.
James Gordon, of 423 S. Main St., Apt. B, in Red Lion, was arrested in the early hours of March 20 after he and Elwood Gladfelter IV, of 158 E. Pleasant Ave. in Dallastown, were pulled over by York Area Regional Police, according to charging documents.
Officers from the department were patrolling the area looking for a newer model silver Toyota Corolla, which had been reportedly spotted leaving the scenes of two armed robberies in the area several hours earlier, and stopped the vehicle driven by Gladfelter in the 1400 block of South Queen Street, documents state.
While searching the vehicle, York Area Regional Police found a backpack containing two pistols and clothing that matched the suspects captured on surveillance video during the robbery, according to court documents.
Gladfelter told police he had let Gordon use his car several nights before and that the backpack and its contents belonged to Gordon, documents state.
Gordon, 41, was arrested about 2 a.m. March 20, after the traffic stop, while Gladfelter, 47, was taken into custody about 9:30 p.m. March 22 following further investigation of the armed robberies, court documents state.
Gordon and Gladfelter each face five charges, including one felony count of robbery with the threat of serious bodily injury and misdemeanor counts of possessing an instrument of crime and simple assault, according to charging documents.
Gordon also is charged with one misdemeanor count each of making terroristic threats and theft by unlawful taking, while Gladfelter faces two counts of theft by unlawful taking, according to charging documents.
Rutter’s: Just before midnight the night of March 19, York Area Regional Police were dispatched to the Rutter’s gas station at 179 W. Main St. in Windsor for reports of an armed robbery by two men, according to court documents.
At the scene, an employee told police that one of the robbers pointed a pistol at her while demanding money before forcing her to lie down and taking her cellphone. The suspects then fled the store with $80 in cash and the cellphone, valued at $640, according to court documents.
Police obtained surveillance footage from Rutter’s cameras that showed the suspects fleeing in a silver Toyota Corolla.
Good to Go: Several hours earlier, York Area Regional officers were called to an armed robbery at the Good to Go gas station at 500 E. Main St. in Dallastown, documents state.
An employee told police that two men entered with guns and took money from the cash register as well as several packs of Marlboro Black Top cigarettes, according to court documents.
The employee identified one of the armed robbery suspects as a regular customer at the gas station and said the two men ran west behind the building after they left, documents state.
The officer who arrested Gordon later that night spoke with several individuals in the area where the men were said to have fled. The witnesses told him that two men, their faces covered with hoods, jumped into a silver sedan parked on East Cherry Lane and drove off, documents state.
Officers found surveillance camera footage from a nearby residence and identified the vehicle the suspects were driving, documents state. Officers later used that vehicle description to conduct the traffic stop on Gladfelter and Gordon.
Security footage: Gladfelter was arrested after police reviewed surveillance footage from the Good to Go gas station, which showed one of the suspects limping toward the building just before the robbery, according to court documents.
Gladfelter walks with a limp and was filmed by the security camera before he put his mask on, documents state.
Police also were able to identify Gladfelter as one of the two armed robbery suspects by the tattoos on his left hand, documents state.
As of Monday, Gladfelter and Gordon remain in York County Prison, unable to post bail.
Gordon’s bail is set at $100,000, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 6, according to court records. Gladfelter’s bail is set at $175,000, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 10.