Gunman arrested after robbery at Chester Co. deli

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comFebruary 25, 2014 

— A Chester County man is in jail, accused of robbing a Great Falls deli after two women who recognized his voice thought he was playing a joke when he walked into the store with his face covered and demanded money from the cash register on Monday, deputies say. They soon realized it was no laughing matter when they saw the gun in his waistband.

Sheriff’s deputies were sent to Sumner’s Deli & Grocery on Ridgeway Road after receiving calls about an armed robbery, according to a Chester County Sheriff’s report. An employee, 20, told police that a man wearing a blue ski mask over his face and sporting a gun in his waistband came into the store and demanded she hand over cash from the register. She recognized his voice and lifted the man’s ski mask to reveal James Alex Roberts, 36, the report states.

She became scared, she told deputies, and opened the cash register. Her co-worker, 24, told deputies that she also recognized the robber as Roberts and also thought he was playing a joke. She became afraid when she saw his revolver and told her co-worker to open the register, the report states.

Roberts, deputies said, took $1,288 from the register. Early Tuesday, deputies found him in a Rock Hill motel after receiving a tip. He was arrested and taken to the Chester County Detention Center, where he will be charged with armed robbery.

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