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Trio charged in armed robbery of Stewartstown Rutter's
Three suspected heroin addicts are accused of robbing a Stewartstown convenience store to feed their habit, and one of them also is accused of leading state police on a high-speed chase into Maryland less than a week later.
Colin D. Webb wielded a baseball bat and Jeremy R. Kansler was armed with a BB gun when they walked into the Rutter’s Farm Store at 3 Charles Ave. just before the store closed at 11 p.m. Dec. 16, according to charging documents filed by Southern Regional police Detective William Shafer II.
Shaffer said both men wore masks.
Charging documents allege Webb smashed a cash register and a lottery machine with the bat while demanding money. A clerk was retrieving a key to open the broken register when he heard Webb tell Kansler to shoot him, Shafer wrote.
After the clerk opened the register, Kansler and Webb made off with $214 cash and 22 packs of cigarettes worth $147, the affidavit states. They’re accused of fleeing in a Buick LeSabre owned by Webb’s mother, which Shafer alleges was driven by Christopher P. Faloni.
Alleged heroin addicts: The three men were suffering from heroin withdrawal and drove to Baltimore to buy heroin, documents state.
Webb’s mother told Southern Regional Police she kicked her son out of the house about a week before the robbery and didn’t know his whereabouts.
On Dec. 21, state police spotted the Buick near the intersection of Delta and Dooley roads in Peach Bottom Township and gave chase, police said. Webb, who was driving, fled into Maryland, according to a second set of charging documents filed by state police.
Webb ran a stop sign, passed several vehicles in an oncoming lane of travel and drove at speeds reaching 111 mph, those documents allege.
State police said the pursuit ended when Webb stopped in the front yard of a home on Oak Ridge Drive in Cardiff, Md. He later told troopers he fled because he knew he was wanted by police, documents state.
Two questioned: Shafer said he has interviewed both Faloni and Kansler, who confessed to the robbery.
Webb, 21, formerly of Pine Trail in Peach Bottom Township, remains in York County Prison on a total of $40,000 bail, charged with robbery, conspiracy, simple assault, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief in the Rutter's holdup, and with fleeing or attempting to elude police, counts of reckless endangerment and summary traffic violations in the pursuit case.
Kansler, 21, and Faloni, 20, both of Stewartstown, are facing the same charges as Webb for the robbery. Both men remain free, Faloni on $2,500 bail and Kansler on $25,000 unsecured bail, meaning Kansler didn't have to post any money but could forfeit that amount if he misses court appearances.
Webb and Faloni have their preliminary hearings scheduled for March 16 in the office of District Judge Laura Manifold, according to court records. Kansler waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Feb. 17.
— Senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo contributed to this report.