Monday, March 20, 2017

Attempted Robbery Under Investigation

An alleged attempted robbery last week is under investigation.

According to Pottsville Police, On Thursday, 03/16/17 around 3:15pm Police were dispatched to a reported robbery involving a weapon at the Pottsville Motor Inn located at 480 North Claude A Lord Boulevard. When officers arrived, the business owner reported he was approached in a hotel room by a male suspect who brandished a knife. The male demanded money from the business owner, searched him, and then fled when he did not find any money. It was also reported that the suspect fled the area along with another white male in a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Through investigation and review of surveillance video, it was learned that Shy Kilraine-Richter, 27, of Minersville arrived at the business with two males, one being Charles Chadwell, 27, Luzerne County. Kilraine-Richter asked to see a room for rent and when the business owner took her to a room, Chadwell followed behind them and committed the attempted robbery. Kilraine-Richter was detained at the scene and interviewed at Pottsville City Hall by Detective Joseph Welsh at which time additional pertinent information to the investigation was revealed.

Following her interview, Kilraine-Richter was remanded to the Schuylkill County Prison on an Adult Probation detainer. A criminal complaint was prepared by Welsh charging Chadwell with Felony Criminal Attempt to Commit Robbery, Criminal Conspiracy, Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault and Possessing an Instrument of Crime. At approximately 2000hrs an arrest warrant was obtained for Chadwell.

Around 8:40pm, Pottsville Police Cpl. Brian Reno conducted a vehicle stop in the 400 block of East Norwegian Street on a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser matching the description of the vehicle used in this incident. Chadwell was found to be operating the vehicle and was taken into custody without further incident. During a search incident to arrest Chadwell was found to be in possession of two (2) folding knives and three (3) syringes. Chadwell was subsequently arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Kilker and remanded to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $50,000.00 cash bail.

During the follow-up investigation it was discovered that Chadwell removed the original PA registration plate from the Chrysler and replaced it with another that had been stolen on Monday from a vehicle parked in Pottsville in the Arch Street lot, off N. Centre Street. Chadwell will be charged by Reno with theft of the registration plate, receiving stolen property, drug paraphernalia, and fraudulent use or removal of registration plate stemming from the vehicle stop.

This case is still under investigation and further charges are pending against Kilraine-Richter and the other male present in the vehicle.

Anyone with information on the matter is asked to call the Pottsville Bureau of Police at 570-628-3792.

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