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Troopers: 17-year-old in mask robbed 75-year-old woman in mall parking lot

A 17-year-old from Lancaster is charged with robbing a 75-year-old woman in an Eastern Hills Mall parking lot on Sunday.

State Police said Austin P. Keller was charged with robbery and grand larceny after the woman said a man in a mask approached her and took her purse and other merchandise before running from the scene.

A K-9 unit was used to track Keller to a nearby motel, but he wasn’t there, State Police said.

Erie County emergency dispatchers notified State Police of a suspicious male at a gas station. Investigators tracked his license plate and found him at his home, where he was arrested, State Police said.

Keller was charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies.

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