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Vandergrift man sentenced in Leechburg robbery

| Saturday, December 15, 2007 12:00 a.m

A Vandergrift man was sentenced to two to four years in prison Friday for his involvement in a robbery at a Leechburg bar in June.

Mark Allan Skwirut, 35, will serve the sentence in a state prison for entering Dizzy’s Bar, brandishing a steak knife and wearing a mask. He pleaded guilty to robbery in November and other related charges were dismissed.

Police said Skwirut forced a bartender and customer to the floor of the Market Street bar and stole $295 in cash before fleeing through a back door. The incident occurred June 5 at about 11 p.m.

Christopher Lovelace, 30, of Leechburg, who police identified as Skwirut’s getaway driver, pleaded guilty earlier this month to receiving stolen property and driving with a suspended license. The men were arrested at an Allegheny Township bar the same evening of the robbery.

A felony charge of criminal conspiracy was dimissed in Lovelace’s case. He is awaiting sentencing.

In addition to his jail time, Skwirut was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and be on probation for four years.

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