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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Altoona, Pennsylvania Thursday. May 21,2015_ police and courts Altoona Mirror a pager k in 4 sch apr do i k festive activities great events and plenty of family fun i a k \ \ it it �?�1., 3dw r a r c two night package includes two nights of lodging a breakfast a bbl Buffet All Day activity bracelets a $5 game card per child a fireworks show saturday night a resort wide entertainment and activities a Melahi t i Way Mav 1/ i Hafif myth Monda v Mav / n 111 Waterwheel drive a seven Springs a 15622 7springs.com a 866.437.1300 the health of our patients has always been our first priority. And with a pm we can do even More for the people of Altoona and Central Pennsylvania. From innovative cancer treatments to a new transplant clinic to accessing Magee women Hospital we Are poised to bring world class care closer to Home for generations to come. For More information visit . Subscribe to the Mirror 946-748q Pennsylvania so outdoor adventure to y a your Headquarters for outdoor fun Mirror classifieds sell 946-7422 a your patients deserve the Best and with a pm we Are stronger than Jerry Murray president a pm Altoona a pm Altoona two men facing trial after alleged robbery affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh school of Medicine a pm is ranked among the nation s Best hospitals by . News amp world report suspect testifies against accomplice by Greg Bock two men accused of robbing an Altoona convenience store will face trial. Nicholas t. Kruge 26, of 1165 Creekside drive took the stand to testify against Lance j. Phillips 27, of 712 first ave., at Phillips preliminary hearing on wednesday telling the court Phillips first brought up the subject of robbing a Small convenience store the evening of March 28 As the two drove around the City. About two hours later at just before 8 p.m., Kruge walked into the Fefie a grocery at 1224 second Avenue and pointed a toy pistol in the clerks face Kruge told magisterial District judge Todd Kelly. Before he testified Kruge who is out on unsecured bail due to recent knee surgery and was accompanied by his attorney told Kelly he was testifying willingly and knew he would be incriminating himself. Kruge said the conversation started out As Phillips saying How easy it would be to Rob a Small convenience store. Kruge said after he thought about it he decided to go along with it. The pair made a mask to cover Kruger a face from a shirt at Kruger a then girl friends Home and Phillips gave him a toy Colt Model 1911 handgun that looked real Kruge said. The toy gun belonged to Phillips kids and was in the Back of a i wanted to get in there when there was just a suspect Nicholas i. Kruge describing his role in an alleged robbery of Fefie s grocery the Black Ford Mustang that Phillips was driving that night Kruge noted. The two drove Back to the area of the store and parked but there were too Many customers going in and out of the store so they drove around for another few minutes before returning. A i wanted to get in there when there was just a clerk a Kruge said of How the pair waited until the store had emptied before Phillips pulled up and dropped him off. Kruge said Phillips had discussed with him How he was to handle the clerk and that he should also demand Money from the Safe but once inside things did no to go As planned. The clerk said the robber pointed the gun right at his head and demanded the Cash from the Register and the Safe. At the time he was convinced the gun was real the clerk said. The clerk did hand Over the Money but when he crouched Down As if he was getting into a Safe he was actually dealing 911, the clerk told the court. A Young woman who entered the store provided a distraction that gave the clerk a Chance to grab a Small Bat and dial the phone and when Kruge asked him what he was doing the clerk told him he was calling the police and that the Safe was locked. The clerk also testified that he knew Phillips and he had come into the store shortly before the robbery to chit Chat and buy cigarettes testimony that corroborated Kruger a earlier testimony that Phillips cased the store that night and bought cigarettes. Kruge said he fled the store and tried to walk fast but not too fast so As not to look suspicious As he made his Way in a Black hooded sweatshirt pulled up Over his head a Black Bandanna covering his face with the gun in one hand and a bag of the Cash registers Money in the other. A things were going pretty fast a Kruge said. The clerk testified he ran outside to see the robber jump into a Black Mustang. Police later connected the Mustang from the robbery to Phillips who was also driving a Black Mustang. After the robbery the two men split the $208 from the Register and got rid of clothing. Kruge said he smashed up and burned the toy gun in a friends fire pit. Judge Kelly found there was enough evidence to Send the Case onto Blair county court where Phillips is next scheduled to appear for a formal arraignment on june 26. Mirror staff writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458

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