Charles Zeiders, lookout in armed robbery, pleads guilty

LEWISTOWN – The lookout in an armed robbery that took place on July 26, 2012, at the Sunoco station on South Main Street pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit terroristic threats on Tuesday and was given a time-served sentence.

Charles Zeiders, 19, and codefendant Andrew Hoy, 19, testified against 18-year-old Akzavier Carrington at his jury trial in November. Hoy has yet to plead to any charges, but is expected to in the near future.

Carrington was convicted on Nov. 20, of all six charges filed against him including two counts of robbery. His sentencing date is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2014, he remains incarcerated in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility.

Carrington and his accomplices took $72 from the Sunoco station, according to court documents.

Police said Carrington pointed a black semiautomatic handgun at the clerk behind the counter and demanded money be placed in a bag he gave to her. 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.

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.

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