WILKES-BARRE — A Hanover Township man was arraigned Friday on charges he robbed the Turkey Hill store at South Main and Blackman streets Thursday night.
Joel Curry, 28, was tracked by a city police canine for nearly a mile from Division and Cherry streets to Solomon Street and Hazle Avenue where he was captured.
The canine picked up Curry’s scent from a John Deere shirt found in the area of Division and Cherry streets by City Wide Towing owner Bob Kadluboski and a purple sweatshirt discovered near Hanover Village on West Division Street.
Kadluboski said he was at his garage on McLean Street when he heard about the robbery. He drove onto West Division Street and found a green shirt he protected until police arrived.
Police said Curry concealed his face with a bandanna and wore a purple sweatshirt when he entered Turkey Hill at about 8:50 p.m. Curry allegedly tapped the glass counter with a double-blade knife demanding money from a clerk, police said.
The clerk turned over cash and Curry allegedly ran out of the store toward Beech Street.
A city officer deployed his canine that picked up Curry’s scent from the shirt to a bridge on West Division Street.
Hanover Township police spotted Curry near the vacant Gulf service station at Hazle Avenue and Solomon Street.
Curry was sweaty, seemed out of breath and unable to respond to questions, according to the criminal complaint.
Police said in the complaint two witnesses saw Curry remove clothing from his body as he ran down Beech Street.
After his arrest, Curry surrendered a bag of crack cocaine to police, the complaint say.
Curry was charged with robbery, theft, possessing instruments of crime and possession of a controlled substance. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.