​Drive-Through ‘Service Robbery’ Takes PA Coffee Shop By Surprise​​

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December 16, 2021

A Pennsylvania man robbed a coffee shop Wednesday morning by using the drive-through service window to grab the cash. It took people inside the establishment by surprise and it took a few minutes to comprehend what was going on.

“It took a couple seconds to register what actually was happening, and then it was like, ‘Oh, this is real,’ ” said owner Dorie Schwendeman.

Surveillance video footage showed the masked man throw a bag inside before he climbed out the window of his van and through the drive-through window.

Schwendeman said that when once his wife realized what was happening, she threw a coffee pot at the robbers head smashing him in the face.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t deter him. We, of course, don’t advise people to do this type of an action if you’re a victim of a robbery,” said Ross Township police Detective Brian Kohlhepp.

Police said that the man then escaped back through the drive-through window and in the van that was later found out to be stolen. They eventually arrested the suspect, 32-year-old John Hammel, that evening after he was spotted still driving around in the stolen vehicle.

Police will be charging Hammel with robbery as well as charges related to the stolen van.