Police: Bandit armed with barbecue fork, large knife robs stores to replenish crack supply

Police say a man looking for cash to replenish his crack supply threatened store clerks with a sharpened barbecue fork and a large kitchen knife during a string of robberies in Pennsylvania.

Timothy Burns was charged Monday with robbery, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a police officer in connection with a pair of heists in Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree).

The Citizens' Voice reports ( that police say the 31-year-old is also a suspect in three other robberies.

Burns is jailed on $100,000 bail pending a June 25 preliminary hearing. Online court records don't list a lawyer to comment on the charges.

One of the clerks says the man banged a barbecue fork on the counter, lunged at him and demanded money. The clerk says the man bragged he'd never be caught.


Information from: The Citizens' Voice,