Police arrest suspect in armed robbery

Erie police have arrested a suspect in the Sept. 9 armed robberies of CVS and Little Caesars.

Erie police apprehended the suspect, Jayme Smith, on Friday, Sept. 11.

According to Erie police, Smith, 31, of Erie, is charged with robbing Kmart, Tops, CVS and Circle K, and is under investigation for robberies at VIP Laundry and Dry Cleaning and Little Caesars, police said.

Smith’s charges include robbery, terroristic threats, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen possessions, according to Erie police. He was charged with the CVS and Circle K robberies on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Some portions of the stolen money have been recovered, police said.
No one was injured during any of the robberies.

Smith is currently in the Erie County prison in lieu of bail.

Following the robberies, chain text messages and rumors drifted among students until Chief of Mercyhurst Police and Safety Ken Sidun sent a campus-wide email Thursday afternoon.

“I want students to be aware of what’s going on in the neighborhood,” Sidun said.