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Police arrest suspect in 3 robberies



Published: Tue, January 22, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) -- A man who police said robbed two convenience stores and tried to rob a third Sunday was arrested after witnesses read the name and phone number of his plumbing company off the getaway van.

Witnesses at the three convenience stores described the van for police, who arrested Robert Peter Nelson III as he got out of the van in Clairton on Sunday.

An officer was familiar with where the van was usually parked.

"He made it pretty easy to solve by advertising himself," said Allegheny County Assistant Police Superintendent James Morton. The van's sign read "Nelson Plumbing and Heating."

Police said they recovered a suspected crack pipe and a cash register.

Nelson, 21, of Washington County, was jailed after failing to post $10,000 bail.




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