Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers responded to a robbery report at a gas station minimart on the 300 block of Virginia Avenue around 5:45 a.m.
Per the investigation: A woman entered the business, placed several items on the counter, then declared she didn’t want to buy anything and exited the store. She returned shortly after and slid a note to the cashier saying she was armed and wanted money. She also shouted that this was a robbery and she wanted the money.
The cashier ran into a back room to call 911 and the female actor ran out of the store.
Responding officers from Zone 3 searched the vicinity and found the suspect a few blocks from the business. Police took her into custody at 5:56 a.m.
Lesha Marie Peterson, 26, of Beltzhoover is charged with robbery, terroristic threats and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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