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Third Arrest Made in Hen's Coins Robbery

Police said Anthony Hughes, 25, of West Third Street, Lansdale, allegedly participated in the robbery of Hen's Coins and Collectables in Lansdale on Jan. 21. Hughes allegedly disposed of a gun and knife used in the robbery

Lansdale Police have arrested and charged a third suspect for his alleged involvement in the Hen's Coins and Collectables robbery in Lansdale.

Anthony Joseph Hughes, 25, of the unit block of West Third Street, Lansdale, was arrested and charged Jan. 29 with the following offenses:

  • Felony hindering apprehension or prosecution
  • Misdemeanor tampering with physical evidence
  • Misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance
  • Misdemeanor possession of marijuna

Hughes was arraigned before District Judge Harold Borek, who set bail at $25,000 cash, police said. Hughes is currently incarcerated at Montgomery County prison.

A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 14 before Borek, police said.

Lansdale Police said an investigation continued after the arrests of Michael Creciun and Gene Kulp for the Jan. 21 robbery of Hen's Coins and Collectables, police said.

During a search warrant on the home of Creciun and Kulp, police found an empty Ruger .40-caliber gun case, along with a receipt dated Jan. 21 from a purchase from a local gun ship, police said.

Robbery suspect Creciun was named as the purchaser, police said.

Police said Creciun allegedly called Hughes asking for a ride. Hughes arrived a short time later and allegedly drove Creciun and Kulp back to Hughes' apartment, police said.

Hughes then allegedly drove both suspects to the Acme, where coins taken in the robbery were exchanged for cash at a Coinstar machine, police said.

Detectives viewed Acme surveillance video, which allegedly showed Hughes and Creciun entering the Acme together, police said.

On Jan. 29, police executed a search warrant on Hughes's apartment in order to locate a missing gun and knife, police said.

Information was obtained during the search that indicated after the robbery, Creciun allegedly left both the gun and knife in Hughes's apartment, police said.

Further investigation revealed Hughes allegedly got rid of the gun and knife in a Dumpster at a Hatfield Township apartment complex, police said.

Detectives searched the Dumpster, but trash collection had already occurred, police said.

During the search of Hughes's apartment, police found marijuana, police said.

Read more on this case:

  • Two Cousins Arrested in Hen's Coins Robbery
  • Lansdale Coins and Collectables Shop Robbed Monday
jane doe January 31, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Wow another loser thug from 3rd St!What a surprise
David Mauriello February 07, 2013 at 01:51 AM
He is by no means a "thug", he lost all credibility as a thug when he robbed a 77 year old man. I hope he gets it the #%$ again and again when he's upstate. Coward.
Brianna Hower February 14, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Sorry, you've both wrong. I know this young man and the only thing he is guilty of is thinking he was helping his friends get a ride, then after seeing news reports, searching his own home because they were there. He did the wrong thing to dispose of the items but he didn't want them in the house where children are. On another note, my son (an honor student) goes to NPHS with one of the boys and was shocked to hear of what was done. In his words 'He isn't the brightest kid mom but you would never think he was capable of this, everyone was shocked!" things aren't always as they seem and I realize Anthony's actions make him culpable but he was in no way involved in the actual act. Wait for the facts before judging.
Brianna Hower February 14, 2013 at 06:39 PM
And look at the charges Felony hindering apprehension or prosecution - he didn't KNOW these were the culprits until after hearing the news Misdemeanor tampering with physical evidence - he threw away the items he found Misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance - had a joint (I hate drugs in general) but I'm also not the hanging type for a darn pot cigarette! Misdemeanor possession of marijuna - see above!
Regina Phalange March 12, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Too bad he didn't even have a car. I love how people talk when they don't know the facts. But then again, that's all our society does anymore. People need hobbies.

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