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Christopher Dornblaser
  • Two Red Lion residents are accused of robbing a Dallastown Rutter's for heroin money, police said.
  • Brittany Carr, 21, and Jesse Ellis, 32, said they used the money to buy heroin, according to police.
  • They both remain in York County Prison.

Two Red Lion residents are accused of robbing a Dallastown Rutter's to get heroin money early Sunday morning, according to police.

Brittany Danielle Carr, 21, and Jesse Benjamin Ellis, 32, both of 237 N. Franklin St., Apt. 1, are charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, according to charging documents. Ellis was charged with simple assault as well,  documents state.

York Area Regional Police say the pair orchestrated the robbery to get money for heroin. After  the robbery, the couple allegedly purchased heroin and used it, documents state.

Jesse Ellis

Early morning: About 1 a.m. Sunday, Ellis and Carr allegedly went into the Rutter's at 463 W. Main St. in Dallastown, documents state.

After a while, Ellis went into the bathroom, and police say Carr left the store. Ellis came out of the bathroom with his face partially covered, documents allege.

Police say Ellis pulled out a large black handgun, pointed it at the clerk and demanded money.

After getting the money, Ellis fled the store's parking lot in a light-colored Saturn, documents state.

Around 2:30 p.m. that day, police located a vehicle matching the description of the getaway vehicle. The driver of the car said he had driven Ellis and Carr to the Rutter's, and he believed that they might have robbed the store, documents state.

Police found the two at their home, and they were taken into custody, according to charging documents.

Brittany Carr

While speaking to police, the two explained that they were heroin users and needed money to buy the drug, police said. They said they got the man to drive them to Rutter's so they could rob it, documents state.

Carr told authorities that she knew Ellis had a BB gun on him and intended to rob the store, according to police.

The pair were arraigned on the charges Monday morning, online court records state. Ellis and Carr remain in York County Prison in lieu of $100,000 and $50,000 bail, respectively. It is unclear if either one has an attorney.

Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at District Judge Scott Laird's office.

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