SUNBURY — A Sunbury man was arrested after alledgedly robbing lottery tickets from a Front Street convenience store because he claimed he was supporting his drug habit.
Duayne Faust, 25, of 1114 Edison Ave., was arrested at his home after police said they were called to the Turkey Hill, on North Front St., because a man robbed the store.
When police arrived a store clerk said she recognized Faust after he entered the store, police said. Faust walked behind the counter and the clerk tried to stop him but she was pushed out of the way and Faust began to attempt to open the register, court documents said.
The clerk tried to talk Faust out of robbing the store, police said, but he didn’t listen and continued to try and pry the register open, court documents said.
The clerk told police when Faust couldn’t open the register he then grabbed a bunch of lottery tickets from underneath the counter and took off out the door, police said.
Officers then reviewed the video surveillance cameras and police also recognized Faust, according to court documents.
Police then went to Faust’s residence and took him into custody without incident, court documents said.
Faust was charged with a felony robbery and misdemeanor charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and simple assault.
If convicted of all charges Faust could face 15 years in prison.
“I’m sorry to the officers for the inconvenience I put you through,” Faust told Sunbury police officers Travis Bremigen and Cpl. Brad Hare during his arraignment in front of Sunbury District Judge Ben Apfelbaum.
“I have a drug problem and hope you all will help me.”
Faust told Apfelbaum, “Once you get hooked on heroin there just is no coming back,” he said.
“I did all of this because of heroin. I need help.”
Apfelbaum sent Faust to Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $30,000 secured bail until a preliminary hearing on Nov. 26.