are aggressively searching for a Philadelphia man charged in connection with an alleged robbery and vandalism of the A&M Gold Exchange on West Main Street in Lansdale on the afternoon of Friday, June 1.
Marc Ellison, 42, of the 2300 block of 77th Avenue, is charged with robbery, aggravated assault, theft, receiving stolen property, possessing an instrument of crime, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief, harassment and disorderly conduct, police said.
Ellison was identified on video footage from the store as the man responsible for allegedly smashing glass display cases, lamps and a mirror with a tire iron after he came into the store demanding money he belived he was owed, police said.
Ellison made off with $1,400, police said.
On June 1, at 2:30 p.m., police responded to A&M Gold Exchange at 303 W. Main St., for a report of a holdup alarm activation.
Upon arrival, police spoke with the owner, who started that a man known to the owner from prior business, identified as Ellison, entered the store carrying a tire jack and began demanding money he believed he was owed, police said.
Ellison allegedly began making threats to harm the owner if he wasn't paid, police said.
Ellison then began swinging the tire jack, smashing lamps, a mirror and a glass display case, police said.
The owner became fearful for his life and gave Ellison $1,400, police said. After he took the money, Ellison allegedly struck the display case again.
Police reviewed video footage and positively identified Ellison from his Pennsylvania driver’s license photo, police said.
Call Lansdale Police at (215) 368-1801 regarding the whereabouts of Ellison.
According to Philadelphia Municipal Court records, Ellison was charged in February 2001 with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, simple assault and possessing an instrument of crime. All charges were withdrawn by the prosecution in February 2004.