Two charged for robbery with hammer

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2002

WASILLA - Two men have been charged with armed robbery after one of them went into a Wasilla convenience store and threatened the cashier with a hammer, according to Alaska State Troopers.

A man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a mask went into the convenience store a few miles south of downtown Wasilla about 3 a.m. Sunday.

After the cashier gave him the money, the man fled to a waiting vehicle. But the cashier did get a look at the taillights of the vehicle and where it was headed.

A Wasilla patrol officer heard the description and intercepted a vehicle not far from the store.

Theodore J. Halan, 22, of Palmer was driving, and a 16-year-old girl was in the car with him, troopers said. In the trunk, Jesse A. Rice, 19, of Talkeetna was found hiding, troopers said. Rice was wearing clothing matching that of the robber, troopers reported.

Rice and Halan were arrested and taken to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, where they were being held on $10,000 bail. The girl was released to a parent.

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