Gardner’s suspect facing eviction

TYRONE – The suspect in Monday’s robbery of a Tyrone ice cream shop was facing eviction, according to court records.

Christopher M. McCune, 28, 308 W. 11th St. Apt. B., was scheduled to appear Wednesday in Tyrone District Court for eviction proceedings brought by his landlord, records show. Instead, Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller continued the hearing, along with a bad checks case, until McCune’s preliminary hearing date of Aug. 6.

McCune was arrested Tuesday by Tyrone police on suspicion he held up the Gardners Candies ice cream parlor at 30 W. 10th St., rear, at a few minutes before 4 p.m. Monday.

According to McCune’s arrest papers, he allegedly confessed to robbing the business and said he and his wife were having money troubles, with neither of them able to find work.

Police noted McCune said they were being evicted and their car had recently been in a crash.

The knife used in the robbery, described as a large, wooden-handled kitchen knife, was found between two buildings along Burley Avenue, where McCune told police he ditched it, police said.

Police said McCune walked into the shop, asked for a Pepsi, placed a shopping bag from the nearby Save-A-Lot store on the counter and handed the clerk a $5 bill. After she handed him his change, McCune said, “Give me all your money,” police said.

“What?” asked the clerk, according to police, and McCune repeated his demand and pulled out the knife, police said.

Employees of the store told police they remembered seeing McCune lurking outside the ice cream shop Sunday evening, wearing the same blue and white checkered shirt police said he wore during Monday’s robbery. The shirt was then stuffed into the shopping bag after McCune fled the store, police added.

Police said they also have video surveillance footage of McCune, his wife and their small child at several Tyrone businesses about an hour before the robbery. Police noted they learned McCune’s identity after reports of someone matching his description had been to Sheetz and First National Bank on the 1400 block of Logan Avenue. McCune was also picked out of a photo line-up by two shop employees.

McCune remains in Blair County Prison in lieu of the $80,000 cash bail, set by Magisterial District Judge Craig Ormsby.