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Neighbor talks about chasing down suspect after robbery

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A man accused of robbing a store in Carlisle last night is locked up after people in the neighborhood refused to let him get away.

Atelvage Bailey was sitting on his porch Thursday evening when he saw the commotion at the Minute Stop on West Louther Street around 5:30 p.m.

"People started running out the store," said Bailey, "I see him running. They say, 'Call 911, call 911!'"

Police say 23-year-old Nicholas Sgrignoli was caught on surveillance video reaching into the cash register and struggling with the owner. He eventually broke free and took off with cash.

That's where Bailey and a friend stepped in. They ran after Sgrignoli, determined to catch him, even after he gave them the slip.

"Then we saw him peeking out the door," he said, "So we grabbed him, put him on the ground in the middle of the street, and held him there until the police came."

When officers arrived, that's where they found Sgrignoli. They took him into custody and found the stolen cash in his pocket as well as drug paraphernalia. He has been charged with harassment, robbery, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Joe Bracewell works at the Minute Stop. He's grateful that someone had the courage to step in and help.

"It makes me feel good," he said, "Makes me feel safer knowing that they will watch out for us," he said.

Bailey says it was the right thing to do.

"I've lived in this community all my life," he said, "I just had to help him out. It was something I had to do, I just felt like I had to."

No one was hurt in all of this. The police say while they're thankful for the community's help but don't encourage people to get involved in any dangerous situations.

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