PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) --Three men have been charged in connection to nine armed robberies of 7-Eleven stores in Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties.
The suspects are identified as 18-year-old Nazear Newton of Huntington Valley, 19-year-old Quentin Archie of Philadelphia, and Phillip Coleman, Jr. of Philadelphia.
The robberies occurred between January 21 and Feb. 21.
Police say the suspects were arrested following an armed robbery of a 7-Eleven store in Ambler.
A Whitpain Township officer heard the description of the suspects on police radio and headed toward the robbery scene. That's when, police say, he saw a car that was being driven as if the vehicle driver was lost.
The officer executed a traffic stop after the driver failed to signal a turn.
Police say those inside the car matched the robbery suspects' descriptions. The officer also noticed there was a lot of cash visible in the car.
Following a positive identification by the store clerk who was brought to the traffic stop location, the three men were arrested.
The suspects were arraigned and held on $100,000 bail, which they failed to post.
Following the arrests, police continued their investigation including analyzing surveillance footage of other 7-Eleven robberies and conducting interviews.
Through the investigation, police determined the suspects also committed eight additional robberies of 7-Eleven stores in Bensalem Township, Bristol Township and Warrington Township in Bucks County; in Philadelphia at Welsh Road, Ridge Avenue, Broad Street and Frankford Avenue; and in Glenside, in Springfield Township in Montgomery County, in addition to the Ambler location.
Newton was charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Robbery, Possession of a Firearm with Altered Manufacturer's Number, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, Firearms Not to Be Carried without a License, Criminal Use of Communications Facility and other related charges.
Archie was charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Robbery, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, Kidnapping, Criminal Use of Communications Facility and other related charges.
Coleman was charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Robbery, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, Kidnapping and other related charges.
The suspects were arraigned Monday on the new charges stemming from the other eight robberies. Bail was set at $1 million each.
The suspects failed to make bail and are in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
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