CoGo's Ups the Ante

PITTSBURGH -- Two weeks after going on the offensive to catch the perpetrators of a string of convenience store robberies, CoGo's Co. doubled the reward money it is offering for information about the thefts.

The chain, which operates 75 convenience stores in the Pittsburgh area, said it would give $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals who have robbed the company's stores in Brookline, Carnegie, Dormont, Mount Washington and the South Side over the past month. The most recent of those robberies occurred Sunday.

CoGo's said it would give the award, double the amount it offered in October, for each person arrested and convicted of the robberies. It asked people with information to contact the Dormont, Carnegie or Pittsburgh police.

The reward has drawn the attention of the local news media, which CoGo's hopes will help the chain solve the case quickly. Two major Pittsburgh newspapers are running the story, and regional television affiliates are displaying a high-quality security tape of one robbery for thousands of viewers.

"In order to protect our employees and our customers, we're offering the reward program," Kevin Donas, manager of human resources for CoGo's, told CSNews Online. "There's somebody out there that knows who is doing this."