Three charged in gas station robbery

LEWISTOWN – Officers from the Lewistown Police Department have arrested three people in connection with the July 26 early-morning armed robbery of the Sunoco gas station located at 221 S. Main St. in Lewistown.

Akzavier A. Carrington, 17, has been charged as an adult with robbery and other related felony offenses.

Police said Carrington pointed a black semiautomatic handgun at the female clerk behind the counter and demanded money be placed in a bag he gave to the clerk. After the clerk had given Carrington the money, she was told to lie down on the floor and that if she moved Carrington said he would shoot her, police said. A total of $78.72 as well as food items were taken, police said.

Two other co-conspirators – 18-year-olds Charles Zeiders and Andrew Hoy – were also charged. Hoy accompanied Carrington into the store during the robbery and was supposed to look for the surveillance equipment, police said.

Carrington and Hoy both concealed their faces during the course of the robbery, according to court documents.

Police said Zeiders rode his bicycle to the store just prior to the 1 a.m. robbery to scout the location and give the go ahead for Carrington and Hoy.

During the course of the investigation, a Mackenzie E. Whary contacted the police and told them that on the night of the robbery she received text messages about the incident from someone who knew Carrington, Hoy and Zeiders.

Police determined the individuals involved with the robbery had been at the Burgard apartment building that evening and police obtained surveillance video from that night. Police said they compared the footage from the Sunoco and the apartment building and police determined Hoy and Carrington appeared to match the physical size and demeanor of the two males involved, according to court documents.

Hoy was interviewed by police and confirmed Carrington and he were the individuals in the Sunoco surveillance footage. Hoy told the police Carrington was the person with the gun, however, he was unaware Carrington had it at the time, according to court documents.

An unnamed 17-year-old told police Carrington gave him the details of the robbery the next day while at Rec Park in Lewistown.

All three suspects were arraigned at Magisterial District Judge Aaron Gingrich’s office and remain incarcerated in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility.

Carrington and Hoy are incarcerated in lieu of $40,000 bail each. Zeiders in is lodged in MCCF in lieu of $35,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.

LPD was assisted during the investigation by the Mifflin County District Attorney’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police, Granville Township Police Department and Mifflin County Regional Police Department.