Luis Ortiz, 19, one of four teen suspects in rash of July convenience store robberies had a 'softball-sized' plastic bag stuffed with marijuana in his bedroom, police say.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Daryl Nerl
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Bethlehem police found a “softball-sized” plastic bag stuffed with marijuana on the nightstand next to the bed of a city teen implicated in a string of armed robberies of area convenience stores in July, according to court papers. As a result, Luis Enrique Ortiz, 19, of 618 Atlantic St., was formally charged Tuesday with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, a first-degree felony. Ortiz was already facing multiple felony counts of robbery for his part in the armed robberies – allegedly committed with three other area teens – in Bethlehem, Allentown and Palmer Township. City detectives were conducting a warrant search of Ortiz’s home on July 20 as part of the robbery investigation when they made the drug discovery, according to …
Four Bethlehem area teens charged with five armed robberies in Bethlehem and Palmer Township are also accused of committing two robberies in Allentown.
Four Bethlehem area teenagers accused of committing five armed robberies in the city and Palmer Township are now also charged with two more armed robberies at convenience stores in East Allentown, according to The Morning Call. In one of the alleged robberies, a clerk was shot twice in the shoulder with a pellet gun. That robbery took place on July 14 at the Patel Food Market, 1227 Airport Road, at about 5:15 a.m., Allentown police told the newspaper. The clerk is recovering from his injuries. That would be more than an hour after the group of four teens is accused of robbing a 7-Eleven at 2930 Linden St. in Bethlehem. The teens also allegedly struck at the 7-Eleven at 1302 Hanover Ave. in Allentown at 1:25 a.m. on July 15, according to …