Leesport man taken into custody as suspect in October armed robbery

Pennsylvania State Police Reading with the assistance of Northern Berks Regional Police have taken Anthony James Raimo, 26, of Leesport, into custody on Dec. 19 for an armed robbery that took place on Oct. 10 at 2:03 a.m. at Redner's Quick Shoppe, 3401 Pricetown Road in Ruscombmanor Township.

State Police and Northern Regional Police investigated the armed robbery and through the investigation, which lasted several weeks, investigators learned that Raimo was employed at East Penn Manufacturing (Deka) and was issued work safety glasses as portrayed in the robbery suspect photograph. During the robbery, the suspect pointed a small black semi-automatic handgun at the clerk. He then fled with $77 from the store.

At the time the suspect was wearing a black long sleeve fleece with grey stitching, blue jeans, brown work boots, clear protective glasses with a black frame and a blue ski mask over his head. It was believed he was dropped off and picked up by a small black sedan.

Investigators carried out search warrants and analyzed robbery surveillance footage to the known photographs of Raimo. The recovered firearms, clothing and a pair of Deka safety glasses from his home. Investigators also seized images of Raimo before and after the robbery and determined that his physical build and features were consistent to that of the masked gunman. His bank records were also seized.

Raimo was taken into custody on Dec. 9 and was transported to Berks Central Booking for arraignment.

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