NETHER PROVIDENCE, Pa. (CBS) – Police say a man is in custody following the robbery of a Pantry One convenience store in Nether Providence Township.
Authorities say on July 16 just before 4:30 a.m., police responded to the store and saw the front door was unlocked.
Upon entering the store, officers observed the cash register drawers were open and empty.
Police say surveillance video showed a black male, with long dreadlocks, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black pants and carrying a distinct backpack inside the store.
Authorities say the male removed an unknown amount of cash from the register, as well as a large amount of Pennsylvania lottery scratch off tickets.
Police say the suspect was caught on camera placing the items inside of his backpack and fleeing the store.
As officers were clearing the scene, they saw a male matching the suspect description walking north on Providence Road.
Police conducted a pedestrian stop and noticed a backpack on the sidewalk.
Officers say they then observed two large bulges in the male’s pocket and discovered he was carrying a large sum of money, which he was unable to account for.
Police say the male, identified as Elijah Ward, 25, was detained for further investigation.
Authorities say they found a large amount of lottery tickets inside the backpack, along with numerous coins and coin wrappers.
Police say they also found the sweatshirt worn by the suspect during the robbery.
Authorities say the amount of money and lottery tickets stolen was in excess of $2,000.
Police say Ward was taken to Nether Providence Police headquarters, where he was asked if he would like to provide a statement.
According to police, Ward said, “Why? You got me. You got all of the stuff. What else can I say? What I did was stupid.”
Ward was arraigned and his bail was set at 10 percent of $100,000.
He failed to post and was remanded to the Delaware County Prison, police say.