POTTSTOWN — A man reportedly pointed his fingers in the shape of a gun to start an alleged attempted robbery spree that ended with his arrest after a short pursuit on Route 100 Saturday, according to the Pottstown Police Department.
Edward Grist, 22, of Royersford, was arrested through the cooperation of Pottstown, West and Upper Pottsgrove Police before noon.
Originally, Pottstown Police were dispatched to the 900 block of North Hanover Street around 11 a.m. on a call for an attempted robbery of Mannino’s Restaurant, formerly known as The Cup.
Police said the suspect “pointed his hand, as if it was a gun” at an employee but fled the scene on foot after he didn’t get any money.
While police were investigating, they were told a person with the same description tried robbing the Professional Pharmacy across the street of narcotics but was similarly unsuccessful.
Shortly thereafter, the West Pottsgrove police responded to the report of a theft of a woman’s purse from her shopping cart at the Giant Food Store in Upland Square.
Employees of the store reportedly tried to stop the man, but he got away from them and to a green Nissan Maxima.
Police pursued the Nissan south on Route 100 until it pulled into the parking lot of the Friendly’s Restaurant off Shoemaker Road.
Under gunpoint, Grist and an occupant of the car with him, Erica Kriczky, 22, of Pottstown, exited the car and were taken into police custody.
Pottstown Police Corporal Mark Boyce said a light blue hooded sweatshirt which the robber was described as wearing in the incidents, was discovered in the Nissan’s back seat.
Syringes classified as drug paraphernalia were discovered in the Nissan, according to police.
Two felony counts of robbery through threats, a felony count of conspiracy, and multiple misdemeanors including two counts of terroristic threats, three counts of simple assault, two counts of attempted theft and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia all were charged to Grist, who witnesses described as the actor in the robbery attempts.
According to a search of Pennsylvania court records, Grist has multiple arrest charges from out of the area, mostly in Mifflin and Huntingdon counties. Those arrests include charges of simple assault, access device fraud, theft and burglary.
Kriczky is charged with the same felonies as well as three counts of misdemeanor simple assault, conspiracy, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She also has past arrests which include one in Pottstown for possessing a controlled substance and forgery, as well an arrest in Boyertown related to a traffic crash which resulted in injuries that she did not notify police about.
Bail for both Grist and Kriczky was set at $250,000 cash, which neither posted. They both were remanded to Montgomery County Correctional Facility.