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Robbery leads to lockdown of Tarentum Elks Lodge

Heavily armed police officers from several communities and the Allegheny County police SWAT team surrounded the Elks Lodge 644 building in Tarentum for several hours Thursday after the club was robbed by two men wearing ski masks, borough police Chief Bill Vakulick said.

No shots were fired, and the lone club employee inside suffered no serious injuries in the holdup that occurred shortly after 5 p.m. in the building at Lock Street and East Sixth Avenue.

The employee told police she was preparing to open and expecting someone when the buzzer sounded and she opened the door. One of the men grabbed her and held something she feared was a handgun against her head while the other man grabbed cash from the register.

When the men let go of her, she ran to the jewelry store next door and called police. Officers searched the three-story building and basement but found no one.

Vakulick said the robbers must have fled out a side door before officers arrived.


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