Preliminary hearing: Downingtown man detained for court over Sunoco theft in Salisbury Township

A Downingtown man has been tried for robbery, common assault, terrorism threats and possession of an instrumentality of crime after an armed robbery at a Sunoco on the 7100 block of Division Highway in Salisbury Township , January 8.

Kenneth F. Byrd, 61, of the 400 block of Chesterfield Dr., will have first-degree felony and three misdemeanor-related charges at the Lancaster Court of Common Pleas following his preliminary hearing heard by Magistrate District Judge Raymond Sheller on February 9.

Upon arrival, officers questioned the Sunoco store clerk who said she was behind the counter which was beginning to close for the night and was counting money from one of the lottery machines. A Caucasian male wearing a black hoodie, gray knit beanie and gaiter-style face covering walked into the store and went to the bathroom.

After exiting the bathroom, he approached the front desk and the lottery games as the store clerk finished counting the money and depositing it in a safe. The man then walked behind the counter and pointed a gun at the saleswoman, ordering her to “give me the bag”. The clerk handed over the bag which contained approximately $5,500.

Authorities were able to determine that the suspect was limping and driving a red Honda Civic that belonged to his girlfriend through surveillance video and further investigation. It was determined that Byrd had previously stolen the Honey Brook Express in May 2021 for which he was charged and a warrant issued for his arrest.

Police obtained a search warrant for the address in Honey Brook where Byrd and his girlfriend had been staying and found $2,715 in an upstairs bedroom, a blank pistol resembling the one used in the robbery in a full paint can in the garage and a dark-colored gaiter-style face covering inside the red Honda Civic.

The clerk identified Byrd at the preliminary hearing saying she couldn’t forget her eyes.

Byrd is still being held in Lancaster County Jail. A formal arraignment will be scheduled at a later date.

Byrd is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Assistant District Attorney Kyle Linardo presented the case during the preliminary hearing.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Scott Enedy filed the complaint.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sean McBryan, [email protected]; Twitter: @SeanMcBryanLanc.

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