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Schwenksville man robs 16-year-old at gunpoint on Perkiomen Trail


By Caroline Sweeney , casweeney@21st-CenturyMedia.com

Thursday, August 15, 2013

LOWER FREDERICK — A man was charged with robbery after allegedly taking $80 from a 16-year-old at gunpoint.
Stephen John Camburn, 18, of Schwenksville, was walking with the victim on the Perkiomen Trail near Johnny’s Pizza and the Spring Mount Hotel around 7 p.m. on Aug. 3, police said.
According to police, Camburn asked the victim if he could purchase two packs of cigarettes for $20. When the victim agreed, Camburn allegedly handed the victim a counterfeit $100 bill, police said.
When the victim question the authenticity of the bill, Camburn allegedly pulled a black handgun from his sweatshirt pocket and pointed it at the victim’s head, police said.
Camburn ordered the victim to empty his pockets, police said. At that point, the victim told police that a second, masked man stepped out of the bushes and allegedly pointed a shotgun at the victim’s back, police said.
The victim told police that Camburn took three $20 bills, two $10 bills and both packets of cigarettes.
During an interview with police, the $100 given to the victim by Camburn was tested and it was found to be counterfeit.
When police conducted a search for a firearm license for Camburn, no record was found, police said.
Camburn was charged with one felony count of robbery, one felony count of forgery, one felony count of unauthorized possession of a firearm, and multiple misdemeanors according to court documents.
He was arraigned On Aug. 4 in front of District Judge Francis J. Bernhardt III, who set Camburn’s bail at $25,000. Camburn is confined to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
Camburn is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 21 at 1:30 p.m.