Police charge man in armed robbery of a Pittsburgh Rite Aid

By Amanda Klein | August 26, 2018

A Pittsburgh man is in the Allegheny County Jail after police say he robbed a Rite Aid Saturday night and netted approximately $1000.

Randy Keller, 48, of Pittsburgh, is facing robbery and firearms charges after police alleged in a criminal complaint that he walked into the Rite Aid on Virginia Ave. around 9 p.m., displayed a “silver and black gun in a brown holster on his hip” and demanded money, telling a store employee,  “I’ll shoot you, I’m at a rough place in my life.”

A witness told police that he saw a man who lives in the neighborhood who he knows as “Randy” running in the area moments after the robbery. The witness said Keller frequented a nearby home. A police officer saw a man matching Keller’s description run into a house at 66 Greenbush Street.

Police found Keller in the house and arrested him. The store employee identified Keller as the one who committed the robbery saying, “you’d think if he was going to ditch the shirt, he’d ditch the pants too,” police wrote in the complaint.

Keller is being held in the Allegheny County Jail after being unable to post a  $25,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 4.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com

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