Law & Justice

Lansdale Man, 19, Gets 23 Months for Robbing Coin Store

Gene Ray Kulp, 19, of Lansdale. Credits: Lansdale Police

LANDSDALE, Pa. - A 19-year-old Lansdale man was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in Montgomery County prison for robbing Hen's Coins in Lansdale on the morning of Jan. 21, 2013, along with his cousin, according to The Pottstown Mercury.

Gene Raymond Kulp, of the 500 block of Edgemont Avenue, was convicted in a non-jury trial on robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, per the report. In addition to his conviction, Kulp will have seven years' court supervision, must perform 100 hours of community service and pay back half of $9,564 in restitution to the victim.

Kulp's co-robber in the incident, Michael Anthony Creciun, 22, of the 500 block of Edgemont Avenue, has already pleaded guilty to felony robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery with serious bodily injury, per court records.

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On Jan. 21, at 9:09 a.m., Lansdale Police responded to a hold-up alarm at Hen's Coins and Collectables at 308 W. Main St., police said. An adjacent business owner told officers business owner Henry Statuti, 77, was attacked by two men, police said. Statuti had abrasions to his ear and neck, police said.

Statuti told police that a man with a thin build, identified as Kulp, entered the store wearing a black Miami Marlins baseball cap around 8:45 a.m., police said. Kulp proceeded to have small talk with Statuti and asked about an Elvis Presley coin in a display case, police said.

Statuti came from behind the counter and unlocked the case, at which time Kulp grabbed him from behind in a cross-arm chokehold, police said. Kulp then dragged Statuti to the back room, police said.

At this time, Creciun entered the store and went to the back room. Police said Creciun then pulled out a silver-bladed knife and threatned Statuti, calling him an "old man" and saying they did not want to kill him.

Kulp then went into the store and began taking valuables, police said. Once done, Kulp and Creciun pulled Statuti's jacket over his head, told him to lay on the floor, and then left the store, police said.

Kulp took the following items, according to police:

  • U.S. silver dollars between 1878 and 1935
  • John F. Kennedy half dollars between 1964 and 1979
  • Benjamin Franklin half dollars
  • Susan B. Anthony silver dollars
  • Assorted foreign paper currency
  • Assorted pre-packaged rolls of U.S. quarters
  • U.S. Bicentennial commemorative tokens and other miscellaneous tokens
  • Rolls of U.S. half dollars, between 2004 and 2010
  • Partial sets of miscellaneous coins
  • Other assorted and loose silver coins

Officers recovered Kulp's hat inside the store, and matched it to video surveillance of Kulp and Creciun from Molly Maguire's Pub, police said.

The duo were nabbed when Creciun walked into Lansdale Police Department to fill out a gun permit, police said. Previously, police had recognized Creciun from the video surveillance and Statuti identiifed him as one of the robbers.

Creciun admitted his role in the robbery, police said, and told them the stolen items were at his house. A search warrant uncovered property from Hen's Coins. Kulp arrived home during the search and admitted his involvement in the robbery, police said.

He said he and Creciun planned the robbery to deal with Creciun's money problems, police said.

After the robbery, the duo went to Acme on Welsh Road in Towamencin and cashed in $361.71 in stolen coins via Coin Star, police said. 

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