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Pennsylvania men charged in robbery

July 21, 2009
The Leader Herald

AMSTERDAM - Two Pennsylvania men have been arrested in connection with the June 7 robbery at the King Fuels Convenient Store on East Main Street.

Vijhae McGarrell, 20, of 700 W. Princess St., York, Pa. and Joseph Costello III, 27, formerly of 35 Phillips St., now of York, were both arrested in York and waived extradition to New York, according to Amsterdam Police Detective Lt. Thomas DiMezza.

DiMezza said the men were visiting a relative in the area and held up the convenience store prior to returning to Pennsylvania. Police used the store video and witnesses to identify the vehicle allegedly used by the suspects. They were arrested by York police.

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DiMezza said McGarrell was arrested Thursday and was returned to New York, where he was arraigned in front of Judge Howard Aison and sent to the Montgomery County Jail.

Costello, however, still is being held in York because of a pending probation violation. DiMezza said Costello wasn't supposed to leave York without his probation officer's permission, and when the probation issue is cleared up, he will be brought back to New York state to face the robbery charge.

Police said they believe McGarrell was the gun-wielding individual who entered the store and demanded the money and Costello was the getaway driver.

Montgomery County District Attorney Jed Conboy assisted with the case and the arrest.



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