NBC10 - Christine Maddela
Upper Darby police have captured an alleged serial robber of businesses in Delaware County.
An alleged serial robber accused of targeting several businesses in Delaware County is now in police custody along with his alleged accomplice.
Police say they found 29-year-old Charles Kenney along with a woman inside a motel in Tinicum Township Wednesday afternoon. Kenney allegedly robbed the following businesses on the following days:
Oct. 19: CVS on the 800 block of Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill
Oct. 26: Swiss Farms Store on 1845 State Road in Upper Darby
Oct. 28: Utopia Salon on 365 West Chester Pike in Havertown
Oct. 30: Hollywood Tans on 1049 Pontiac Road in Drexel Hill
Oct. 31: Swiss Farms Store on 1845 State Road in Upper Darby
Nov. 2: Swiss Farms Store in Springfield
Nov. 5: Subway Restaurant on the 1100 block of Baltimore Pike in Springfield, Swiss Farms Store on West Chester Pike in Broomall
Police say Kenney was armed with a gun or a knife during at least four of the robberies. While they have not yet confirmed what role his female accomplice played, they say she may have served as his getaway driver. A law enforcement source identified the woman as Jennifer Ciarocchi.
According to police, Kenney and the woman are both heroin addicts and Kenney robbed the stores in order to support his drug habit.
"He's a heroin addict," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "He's really in major, big time need of the drug."
Police first raided a home at Kenney's last known address on Hardwood Avenue around 1 p.m. on Wednesday. They then found him and his alleged accomplice at the motel later in the afternoon. Around 3:45 p.m., they were both taken into police headquarters. They also found the car they both allegedly used during the robberies.
Kenney is charged with robbery, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and other related offenses. Ciarocchi is charged with conspiracy.