Suspect Arrested Within Minutes of Robbery

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It didn’t take Shamokin police long to arrest a man suspected of robbing a convenience store.

Investigators said Nicholas Birster threatened to hurt the clerk at the Uni-Mart on East Sunbury Street in Shamokin Wednesday night if she didn’t hand over some money.

Police said a customer chased down Birster to keep an eye on him until police arrived.  Officers arrested Birster within three minutes and found the stolen money.

No one was hurt.

Birster faces a number of charges, including robbery, theft and simple assault.