Bellefonte police raids tied to armed robbery last week

Bellefonte police raided two homes Tuesday in connection with an armed robbery last week, Police Chief Shawn Weaver said.

No arrests were made, but police found evidence linking two men to the Aug. 27 armed robbery that took place at a home on Bishop Street.

Police think the incident was drug-related.

During the robbery, Weaver said two men rang the doorbell, the resident looked through the peephole and saw the men facing away from the door with vests that had the word “police” on the back.

When the door was opened, one of the men revealed a shotgun and struck the resident in the head. The men stole a “very large amount of cash” from a safe and illegal substances, Weaver said.

Bellefonte was assisted by state police, Weaver said, adding that is was the first time the two groups did a joint-exercise.

Police obtained search warrants and completed simultaneous raids with 20-25 officers.

The robbery occurred the same night the Wilson Street Centre Mart was robbed by a man who sprayed the employee in the face with pepper spray. However, police said the Centre Mart robbery is not connected with the Bishop Street incident.

Weaver provided no more details, but he said police plan to release more information Wednesday.