Robber sentenced for taking donation jars, cash, cigarettes during Christmas spree


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — A Columbia man will serve up to 30 years in prison for a spree of armed robberies at stores over the Christmas holiday last year.

Brian Conrad Jr. targeted gas stations and stores in eight Lancaster County municipalities, taking cash, cigarettes, and donation jars from counters.

The Lancaster County district attorney’s office says Conrad showed a handgun to store clerks during the nine-day spree that included a Christmas Day holdup at a Turkey Hill in Brownstown.

Conrad, 38, robbed four other Turkey Hill stores, two Dollar Generals, and a Speedway.

Authorities say Conrad also stole a handgun while burglarizing a Manheim Township home.

Conrad pleaded guilty to numerous counts of felony robbery, burglary, and related theft charges in exchange for the prison term.

Conrad is facing additional punishment regarding state parole violations on the convictions.

He was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison.

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