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Pa. man charged with armed robbery of Taneytown Family Dollar

Pa. man charged with armed robbery of Taneytown Family Dollar
Andrew Douglas Novak is charged with the robbery at knifepoint of Taneytown's Family Dollar earlier this month during which he allegedly made off with a bag of Skittles after the cash register couldn't be opened. Full story (HANDOUT)

A Pennsylvania man is charged with the robbery at knifepoint of Taneytown's Family Dollar earlier this month during which he allegedly made off with a bag of Skittles after the cash register couldn't be opened.

Andrew Douglas Novak, 26, of Ortanna, is charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault and theft less than $100, according to electronic court files.

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Novak was held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $50,000 bond Monday night. A judge lowered Novak's bond to $5,000 at a bail review hearing Tuesday morning and he was subsequently released.

Taneytown police officers responded to the Family Dollar on East Baltimore Street shortly after 9 p.m. June 2 for a report of a robbery and met with employees who said a man entered the store, displayed a knife and demanded money, according to charging documents.

The employees told police they could not open the register and after several minutes of attempting to open it, the suspect fled on foot with a pack of Skittles, according to the documents.

Police reviewed surveillance footage from nearby stores and observed Novak pacing the area before the robbery, then entering the Sheetz and purchasing cigarettes before the robbery of the Family Dollar, according to the documents.

Officers searched the area for Novak and found him two days later in the Sheetz wearing the same clothing as the night of the robbery, according to the documents. Novak was questioned at the police station and allegedly confessed to committing the robbery.

A warrant for Novak's arrest was issued June 4 and he was arrested June 22, according to electronic court files.

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