A 47-year-old man is in prison after he displayed a knife to Kroger employees and ran during a laundry soap robbery.
Robert E. Berwanger went to Kroger, 548 Clinton Ave. in Washington C.H., on June 30 and filled a white laundry basket with $100.25 in Gain laundry soap. Berwanger was confronted by Kroger employees when he left the store, displayed a red pocket knife and then ran.
Berwanger ran about 500 feet to his residence at 630 Clinton Ave. and went inside. Kroger employees followed him, according to reports. Washington C.H. Police Department officers went to Berwanger’s residence and he was arrested and charged with robbery, a second-degree felony.
He plead guilty Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas on two felony cases and was ordered to serve a total term of four years in prison.
Three years are to be served on the robbery charge as a mandatory prison sentence without a chance of good-time credit.
In a second felony case, Berwanger plead guilty to possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, and was ordered to serve one year in prison with the possibility of earning good-time credit depending on program participation.
Court records show the Washington C.H. Police Department responded to a call May 20 about a suspicious person on South Main Street. Berwanger and a female were located under the Paint Creek bridge preparing needles to inject heroin. Records state the syringes were loaded when police arrived and contained less than one gram of heroin.
Berwanger was previously convicted in 2009 for robbery and theft. On that case he was sentenced to three years in prison.
When he is released from prison, Berwanger will be monitored on three years of post-release control.
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