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Harrisburg man awaiting court hearing for 11 robberies

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A man arrested for robbing a Harrisburg bank last month has been charged with 10 other robberies in Dauphin, Lebanon and Cumberland counties.

The charges against 51-year-old Landon Thomas include five crimes where the suspect covered his face with a white dust mask, according to charging documents.

Thomas is accused of taking about $2,000 in cash from convenience stores and gas stations during robberies between Aug. 14 and Sept. 7 before he was arrested Sept. 20 for robbing the Fulton Bank in the 200 block of N. 3rd street.

According to the criminal complaint, Thomas began his crime spree with the robberies of a Turkey Hill convenience store at 815 Quentin Road in Lebanon the night of Aug. 14 and the Hess gas station at 5390 Jonestown Road in Harrisburg the following night.

Three nights later, on Aug. 18, he allegedly robbed the Turkey Hill at 17 Briarcrest Square in Hershey.

In the first two robberies, the suspect held a white towel over the lower part of his face while demanding money from the registers, and in the second and third robberies he was said to be wearing a long green coat, and no weapons were used.

Thomas kept a hand in a jacket pocket as if he had a gun when he robbed the Shell gas station at 1715 Market Street in Camp Hill on Aug. 21, where he also wore the green jacket and first used the white dust mask as his disguise, according to the complaint.

During the early hours of Aug. 24, police said he robbed the Sunoco gas station at 305 W. Governor Road in Hershey while wearing a hospital-style mask, and used the dust mask again when he held up the Turkey Hill at 2060 Good Hope Road in Enola in the early morning of Aug. 27.

The dust mask was also used in robberies at the Turkey Hill at 7601 Allentown Boulevard in Grantville during the morning of Aug. 29 and at the Exxon gas station at 835 Eisenhower Boulevard in Harrisburg on Sept. 2, two other crimes where Thomas allegedly kept his hand in his pocket as if he had a gun, the complaint states.

The following day, on Sept. 3, Thomas robbed the Turkey Hill at 812 East Penn Avenue in Cleona wearing a painters-style mask and holding what appeared to be a gun. When the clerk asked if the gun was real, Thomas replied: "Does it look like my finger? Open the damn register!" the complaint states.

Thomas allegedly robbed one more gas station, the Sunoco A-Plus at 116 N. Mountain Road in Harrisburg, where in the early hours of Sept. 7 the clerk saw his dust mask and attempted to close and lock the register room door. Thomas forced the door open, cutting the clerk on his arm, and took money from the register drawer, according to the complaint.

The court document indicates that police arrested Thomas for the bank robbery after he took a taxi cab from the train station to his girlfriend's home in the 1400 block of Naudain Street, where he was hiding behind a door near the shower in the bathroom.

He had a large amount of cash in his pockets, and a backpack in the house had more cash and a white dust mask, police said in the complaint.

He later admitted to robbing the bank as well as the gas stations and convenience stores, police said.

Thomas will face 11 counts of robbery at his preliminary hearing Nov. 8.

His bail at Dauphin County prison is set at $1 million cash.


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