Five armed robberies took place in a little more than 24 hours in Cumberland


According to Cumberland City Police officers, five armed robberies took place from Sunday into Monday morning.

“I’m thankful that we were able to get to the bottom of it and bring it to a conclusion,” Cpl. Anthony Triangler said.

Officers said it all began at the Pit N’ Go on Frederick Street, where 21 year-old Leonardo Hart and 38 year-old Angela Wingate showed register clerks a gun and demanded money.

“The suspect implied that he had a weapon and was able to get cash from the teller and fled the scene,” Lt. Brian Lepley said.

After that, officer said the two sped off towards a Wendy’s, which was the only stop they left without any cash.

“Again, the weapon was implied at that time and no money was seized,” Lt. Lepley said.

Next, police said the robbers made their way to a Circle K and then moved on to a 7-Eleven. By this time, officers contacted other 24-hour stores in the area to warn them about the robbers.

“Officers working that night took a very proactive approach by getting out to our local public and local businesses, which then led to the capture of the two suspects,” Lt. Lepley said.

After robbing the 7-Eleven, officers said the two went back to the same Pit N’ Go where their alleged robbing spree began. However, a witness heard the officer’s warning from earlier and knew to call police.

“Without the community, a lot of the time we wouldn’t be able to get to the bottom of things, so it’s very important that we have citizens involved,” Cpl Triangler said.

Hart and Wingate face a slew of charges, including several counts of armed robbery, attempted robbery, theft, and carrying a fire arm during a crime.

Hart is held on a $500,000 bond.

Wingate is held on a $100,000 bond.

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