The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 21, 2010

Sunbury man charged with armed robbery

SUNBURY — A city man admits attempting to rob neighborhood store on North Fourth Street at knife point early Friday morning, but denies he held up another store a few miles away 30 minutes later.

David Harding Holtzapple, 39, of Masser St., Sunbury, is being held in lieu of $65,000 cash bail in Northumberland County Prison following his arraignment before on-call District Judge Robert J. Bolton on felony robbery, misdemeanor terroristic threats and disorderly charges.

State police at Stonington said Holtzapple entered the Turkey Hill Store on North Fourth Street at 1:32 a.m. wearing a Woodlands camouflage jacket with the hood pulled tightly around his face and approached cashier Ashley J. Pepper with a knife.

Pepper told Holtzapple he couldn’t open the register unless he bought something.

During their interaction, Pepper told police that he recognized the man as a regular customer and confronted him.

Holtzapple asked Pepper to hand over $100 from the register and when the cashier said he couldn’t, the would-be-robber uncovered his face and left the store, court documents said.

Pepper didn’t report the incident until he learned that another store had been robbed later that same morning.

It was at 2:09 a.m. Friday when a white male brandishing a large kitchen knife and wearing a Woodlands camo jacket and a hood pulled tightly around his face walked into the A-Plus Sunoco on Route 890 in Upper Augusta Township.

The robber got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police believe Holtzapple is responsible for the attempted hold-up at Turkey Hill in Sunbury and the robbery at the A-Plus, court documents said.

Holtzapple admits he tried to rob the Turkey Hill in Sunbury, but denies he robbed the other store, police said.


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