2 charged in robbery of Wellsboro store

WELLSBORO —  Two people have been charged by police agencies in connection with the robbery of Smokin’ Joes smoke shop here Oct. 1.

According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard’s office, Elkland Borough police arrested Thomas Andrew Ross, 22, and Alyssa June Sherman, 26, both of Osceola, Oct. 7. They were charged with one count each of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.

According to Wellsboro police, Ross and Sherman conspired to rob Smokin’ Joes. Ross allegedly entered the store, took between $200 and $600 from the cash register and fled out the back door. The two were jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail each.

Ross also is charged with robbing the Adult World store in Lawrence Township June 25 of $92. He was charged by state police with robbery, theft by unlawful taking and harassment.

Bail for that incident was set at $25,000.

In another case, Wellsboro police charged Ross and Sherman with one count each of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy. Sherman faces an additional charge of unsworn falsification.

Wellsboro police say Sherman, a Penn Wells Hotel employee, reported $229 missing at the end of her shift Sept. 6. Police said an investigation revealed that Ross and Sherman conspired to steal the money. Her bail was set at $25,000.

Elkland Borough police charged Ross with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property after he allegedly broke into the Beam House in Elkland on Jan. 23 and removed $4,100. His bail for that incident was set at $25,000.

Charges against Ross for alleged crimes in Gaines Township in 2015 include multiple counts of theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, plus possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Ross and Sherman remain in the Tioga County Jail in lieu of a total of $100,000 bail each. They waived their preliminary hearings and their Tioga County Court arraignments were set for Nov. 7.


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