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Five arrested for robbery and burglary spree spanning three counties
Posted by Nate Wardle:
State Police have arrested five people for over twenty burglaries that occurred in Lancaster, York and Dauphin Counties.
The burglaries occurred between the month of August 2012 and October 2012. 19 of the incidents were burglaries of homes, the other five were armed robberies of stores.
One of the incidents occurred at the Hess Express in Brickerville, Lancaster County. One of the suspects, John Carter, 21 of York County, shot at the clerk when the clerk said he could not get the money for him.
The guns used were stolen from residences in Lancaster County.
In the numerous residential burglaries, the suspects; Carter, Kyle Stauffer, 19 of Lancaster County, Brian Barnard, 21 of York County, Nicole Kilhefner, 20 of Lancaster County and Roger Strawser Jr., 41 of York County took guns, money, jewelry and electronics totaling tens of thousands of dollars. Numerous stolen guns were recovered.
All five were arrested and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Hartman in New Holland.
Bail for Carter was set at $500,000.
Bail for Stauffer was set at $150,000.
Bail for Kilhefner was set at $200,000.
Bail for Barnard was set at $200,000. All four are currently in Lancaster County Prison.
Strawser was charged in Dauphin and York Counties. His bail for a robbery in York County was set at $200,000.
Eight of the cases investigated were by the State Police in Lancaster.
John Carter was charged for each of the incidents in Lancaster County, which included the burglary of Red Run Mennonite Church in Brecknock Township, four home burglaries in Brecknock Township and one in Caernarvon Township. He was also charged for the attempted robbery of a Sunoco station in Bowmansville and the attempted robbery and attempted homicide at the Hess Express store in Brickerville.
Kyle Stauffer was charged for the burglary of Red Run Mennonite Church in Brecknock Township, two home burglaries in Brecknock Township and one in Caernarvon Township. He was also charged for the attempted robbery of a Sunoco station in Bowmansville and the attempted robbery and attempted homicide at the Hess Express store in Brickerville.
Nicole Kilhefner was charged for two of the home burglaries in Brecknock Township, and Brian Barnard was charged for one of the home burglaries in Brecknock Township.
York Area Regional Police investigated two of the incidents. One was the armed robbery at a Rutters in Red Lion and the other was an armed robbery at the Turkey Hill in Dallastown. Carter and Kilhefner were charged for both of the armed robberies and Strawser was charged for the armed robbery at the turkey Hill.
East Earl Police investigated seven cases that occurred in their jurisdiction. Carter was charged for five residential burglaries and burglaries at AJ Distribution, a gas station and the Blue Ball Sunoco station.
Kilhefner was charged for one of the residential burglaries, Stauffer was charged for four of them and Barnard was also charged for two of the residential burglaries.
State Police in Harrisburg investigated the burglary of a home in Middle Paxton Township in Dauphin County. Carter, Barnard and Strawser were all charged for that burglary.
Ephrata Police investigated one residential burglary in which Carter, Barnard and Stauffer were all charged.
West Earl Police also investigated one residential burglary in which Carter, Barnard and Stauffer were all charged.
Akron Borough Police investigated the armed robbery of a Turkey Hill, which Stauffer and Carter were charged with.
West Hempfield Police investigated the armed robbery of Westside Beverage, which Kilhefner and Carter were charged with.
New Holland Police charged Carter and Kilhefner for the burglary of a home in their jurisdiction.
North Hopewell Police charged Carter, Barnard and Strawser for a residential burglary in their jurisdiction.
In all, Carter was charged for each of the 24 incidents. Each of the other suspects were charged for numerous incidents.
In addition to the police departments that made arrests, they were also assisted by Lancaster County Detectives and agents from both the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Marshals.