Police: York City man tried to rob Martin Library

A York City man with a history of robberies is once again accused of trying to commit robbery, according to police.

York City Police say Travon Mac Gilliam tried to rob Martin Library but was told there was no money in the children's section.

Gilliam, 26, of the 200 block of Jefferson Street, is charged with robbery, theft and disorderly conduct.

Travon Gilliam

Alleged robbery: Court documents state that Gilliam approached an employee in the children's section of the library during the evening hours of Wednesday, May 2.

He asked "Where's the money?" and "Can I have the money?" according to officials.

The employee told him there was no money at that location, and Gilliam clenched his right hand and walked away toward the front desk, charging documents allege. 

Another employee tried to speak with him after she was told of his interaction in the children's section, but he had left, according to officials.

Security photos of the incident were sent to police, and Officer Richard Kehler immediately recognized Gilliam in the footage, police said. 

"I have known him for several years and actually saw him the date of the incident at the Vault Video Game Store," Kelher wrote in charging documents.

Security footage from the video game store also showed Gilliam, and he was wearing the exact same clothes while at the library and the store, officials said.

Charges for Gilliam were filed Thursday, May 3. He was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, in the 200 block of Church Street, according to York City Police Department's log.

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Previous robberies: Gilliam was charged in two different robberies in 2015.

In September 2015, York City Police said that Gilliam was among three people on bicycles who looked to be breaking into cars. When officers showed up, the three ran, officials said.

Police were able to catch up to one of them, Gilliam, who had acquired a black purse, charging documents state. A man in the area told police that Gilliam had just run by and robbed him of his purse, according to authorities.

In November 2015, Gilliam robbed the Turkey Hill in the 500 block of West Market Street, charging documents state. Police said at the time that he was among two men who stole money and cigarettes.

Gilliam, who was identified as a regular customer at the store, was found sitting on the curb outside the store the day after the robbery, officials said. 

In December 2016, he pleaded no contest to robbery in both cases, according to online court records.

He was sentenced to time served — 399 days — and two years of probation, those records indicate.

Gilliam remains in York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. He is also in there on two probation violation detainers, according to prison records. 

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 22 at District Judge Linda Williams' office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.