Conshohocken police officers William Walter, Joseph Glasgow, and Jonathan Palmer were honored by borough council Wednesday night, for their actions following the robbery of a Burger King restaurant in early August. The officers' response led to the arrest of three individuals, who now face charges of robbery, terroristic threats, and assault.
According to a police report, the three suspects robbed the Burger King on 409 Ridge Pike using box cutters and a handgun, shutting two employees in a freezer before fleeing in a vehicle. One of the employees was able to escape from the freezer by kicking off a handle, and notified police of the robbery.
That's when Officer Walter observed a suspicious vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed down Fayette Street, and initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Fifth Street. Officers Glasgow and Palmer also responded to the scene, where they reportedly observed a .45-caliber handgun with an extended magazine resting on the backseat of the car.
Edward David Cottle, of 2938 Westmont Street, Charles Robinson, of 736 North 38th Street, and James McDuffie, of 3722 Wallace Street, all of Philadelphia, were then placed under arrest. Police say the suspects made off with just $399.26 from the robbery. Bail was set for each at $250,000.
"It could have turned out much worse than it did," said CPD Chief Michael Orler at the meeting.
Orler read aloud a commendation for the officers, before presenting them with a plaque. The three officers then shook hands with council to the applause of the audience.