'Frequent Customer' Arrested for Holding Up 7-Eleven After Clerk Recognizes Him

Surveillance video from two weeks prior showed him shopping in the same hat he wore during the hold up, police said.

Mark Breenden Credit: Falls Township Police Facebook
Mark Breenden Credit: Falls Township Police Facebook

Being a loyal customer is good, but not in Mark Breeden's case.

Police say the 53-year-old Levittown man robbed a 7-Eleven store where he was a frequent customer, locked the clerk in the bathroom and stole his car.

Falls Township Police tracked him down two days later by viewing surveillance video from a shopping trip Breeden made to the store just weeks before he robbed its clerk at gunpoint.

According to information from the Falls Township Police Department, Breeden robbed the 7-Eleven on New Falls Road shortly before 5 a.m. Friday. He held a semiautomatic handgun to the clerk’s back and ordered that he open the register, police said. 

After stealing $380 from the register, Breeden tied the victim’s hands up, asked him for his car keys and barricaded him in the bathroom, police said. The clerk was able to free himself from the bathroom just time to see the robber leaving the parking lot in his car, according to police information.

The victim told police he believed the robber was a frequent customer. 

Two days after the crime, the victim provided officers with surveillance video from two weeks prior, which showed Breeden shopping at the convenience store with the same Penn State hat as the suspect.

Police identified him as Breeden and said they have had numerous encounters with him in the past. The victim was shown a photo lineup and was able to identify Breeden as the suspect responsible for the robbery, police said.

He is facing charges for robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, possession of an instrument of crime, terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangering.

Craig Motyka April 25, 2014 at 07:25 AM
Can we say dumb criminal. ..
Mimi April 26, 2014 at 04:12 AM
Great to hear this one's off the street


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