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Loaded syringe used in store holdup, police arrest 2 women

June 25, 2019 News Extra

Crystal R. Hayes, 41, of Homestead, Allegheny County, right, and Tara C. Purcell, 40, of Pittsburgh, left.

This is an excerpt — pick up Wednesday's Butler Eagle to read more about the case.

BUTLER TWP — An alleged robber used a syringe full of an unknown liquid to hold up a tobacco store Monday afternoon at the Greater Butler Mart in Butler Township, police said.

The woman made off with several packs of cigarettes before fleeing in a suspected accomplice's getaway car.

Butler Township police suspect the same women a little earlier had shoplifted merchandise from the Dollar General store at the same shopping plaza.

Penn Township police later found the vehicle at the Dollar General store on Route 8 where the suspects — Tara C. Purcell, 40, of Pittsburgh; and Crystal R. Hayes, 41, of Homestead, Allegheny County — were arrested.

Both defendants face charges in the Butler Township incidents and remain in the Butler County Prison.