Elizabeth A. Albertson, 28, Charles Richards, 28, and Bryan Hawthorne, 26, were each charged with one count of armed robbery for holding up the Pac-A-Sac convenience store on Main Street in Lumberton on Feb. 2, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Lumberton Police Chief Anthony DiLoreto announced on Friday.
According to law enforcement officials, Hawthorne and Richards entered the store wearing ski masks around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 2. One man allegedly held a gun on the store’s two employees while the other went behind the counter and took cash from the register, as well as cartons of cigarettes.
Alberston was allegedly the driver.
All three have been in custody since their initial arrests. Bail for Richards has been set at $450,000, while Albertson’s is $350,000 and Hawthorne’s $325,000. The charges will be referred to a Grand Jury for indictment.
Previously, all three were charged in connection with the robbery of a 7-11 in Mount Laurel on Jan. 16; the robbery of a Food Mart in Delran on Jan. 26; The Wine Nova Store in Stratford on Feb. 2; Pike Liquors in Lindenwold on Feb. 4; Richards Liquors in Gloucester Township on Feb. 4; the January 14 armed robbery of the Sunoco gas station; the January 21 of the Country Farms convenience store; and the Jan. 19 robbery of a Country Farms convenience store in Hainesport.
Hawthorne and Richards were also charged conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in connection with a plot to rob a liquor store in Florence.
Richards and Albertson were charged in connection with the robbery of The Liquor Mill in Magnolia on Jan 13.
An investigation revealed the defendants used proceeds from the robberies to buy heroin in Camden, officials said.