WILKES-BARRE — A man already facing charges on allegations he robbed a convenience store is also suspected of holding up another, admitting to investigators he was “courteous” and needed the money to feed his heroin habit.
Peter Naperkowski, Jr., who was apprehended by City Wide Towing owner Bob Kadluboski last week after allegedly robbing the Hazle Mart store at Blackman Street and Hazle Avenue, is facing charges in connection with the robbery of the Turkey Hill store , 335 East Main St., on Oct. 13.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police interviewed Naperkowski, who is jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, on Oct. 17 and after giving him his Miranda warnings. Naperkowski admitted he committed the robberies and was courteous while doing them.
He told police he “needed money quick” because he was using heroin and cocaine and needed drugs “to avoid being sick.”
Naperkowski told police he used a black knife handle that resembled a gun handle to commit the robberies and left the knife handle in the woods in Plains Township.
The affidavit states Naperkowski’s sister, Jackie, led police to an address where she reported a bag with a plastic gun would be the one that her brother used in the robberies. Police retrieved the bag and it contained a gray hooded sweatshirt and a plastic semi-automatic handgun that police said appeared to be real.
The affidavit recounts an Oct. 13 interview with Turkey Hill employee Phyllis Lee, who said a white male wearing an oversized black t-shirt, blue jeans, gray Nike sneakers, black hat with gray brim worn backwards entered the store and pulled up his shirt to reveal a black pistol trucked into his waist.
She said the man said, “Just give me all the money in the drawer. I don’t want to have to hurt you.” Lee told police she gave the man $160 and he responded, “Thank you. Wait a few minutes before you call the police.”
Lee said she recognized the man from the night before when she called 911 to report a suspicious person in the parking lot who appeared to be casing the store. Lee later identified Naperkowski as the suspect after reviewing photos.
Naperkowski will be charged with robbery and theft.
City police had been searching for Naperkowski since he allegedly robbed the Hazle Mart store on Oct. 7. A clerk said Naperkowski was armed with a black handgun.
Kadluboski said he detained at gunpoint Naperkowski at a residence on Andover Street.
The Hazle Mart robbery was done in similar fashion to the Turkey Hill job. The robber entered the store and told the clerk: “I don’t wanna hurt anyone, buddy. Please I don’t wanna hurt you!” according to the criminal complaint.
Naperkowski is facing two counts of robbery, and one count each of theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault and reckless endangerment in that incident.