Police: Bilheimer arrested in pharmacy robbery

From staff reports

LEWISTOWN – Lewistown Police Department has arrested a 31-year-old Yeagertown man in connection with the Jan. 29 robbery of Lewistown Pharmacy.

Police said after an investigation the suspect wearing a hat, with a scarf covering his mouth during the incident was identified as Shane Bilheimer. According to the report, Bilheimer was identified after Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown joined the investigation on Feb. 1.

According to the report, Bilheimer entered the pharmacy demanding Xanax medicine and threatened several of the employees, but also telling them if they listened to him, no one would get hurt. Police said Bilheimer acted as if he had a weapon, but was not armed at the time of the incident. According to the report, he grabbed an employee who had been stocking the shelves at the time, and was then given a non-Xanax substance and Bilheimer fled the store.

Police said Bilheimer stole a vehicle which had been left running and unattended by its owner a short distance from the pharmacy. According to the report, the owner of the vehicle reported it and a pocketbook containing cash as stolen. Police said the vehicle was recovered on Jan. 30, in Lewistown, and the pocketbook was recovered by a man walking in the woods.

According to the report, LPD Detective Jeromy Poff charged Bilheimer with robbery and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Police said officers checked for Bilheimer at different addresses in several towns, but were unable to locate him. According to the report, on Tuesday investigators from LPD, State Parole, the Mifflin County District Attorney’s Office and the Mifflin County Regional Police Department searched a residence on North Mann Avenue and found Bilheimer in a garage.

Police said Bilheimer was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Aaron L. Gingrich and is being held on $100,000 bail at the Mifflin County Correctional Facility on charges of robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, theft of property from the motor vehicle, and violation of parole.