Three police officers sustained minor injuries while struggling to arrest one of the two men who they say burglarized the Unity Mart in Muncy Borough earlier this month.
Joel Michael Shilling, 18, of Muncy, faces eight felony charges: five related to the reported burglary and three counts of aggravated assault for each of the three officers who reportedly were injured while trying to cuff him.
Sean Arthur Thomas Reid, 28, of Montgomery, was named as Shilling's co-conspirator. Reid, who did not resist arrest, was charged with five felonies related to the burglary.
Police said video surveillance footage shows the pair entering the Unity Mart, 219 N Main St., Muncy Borough, around 11 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2019.
They took over $2,000 worth of merchandise, according to the affidavit by Muncy Borough Police Department Detective Raymond O. Kontz III.
The men reportedly gained access to the store by forcing open a crash bar on an emergency exit door. The store was closed and no one was inside at the time.
According to Det. Kontz's affidavit, Reid told officers that he took the JUUL display case, which was full, while Shilling took a couple cartons of cigarettes and several cans of chew. They also reportedly stole glass smoking pipes from behind the counter.
Detective Kontz said the pair made two trips into and out of the store, each less than a minute long. They reportedly hid at first after tripping the alarm, but returned for more merchandise before leaving the store undetected.
According to the affidavit, Reid told police that he and Shilling split the stolen property along the bank of Glade Run.
An employee discovered the burglary when they arrived to work the next morning, Det. Kontz wrote.
A woman walking her dog on Aug. 11, 2019, found some of the stolen merchandise, including the empty JUUL case, and a pair of disposable gloves in the vegetation along the stream, police said.
Shilling showed up unannounced at the Montgomery Police station during Reid's interview on Aug. 18, 2019. According to police, he wanted to supply an alibi by saying he was in Montgomery at the time.
Shilling became agitated when police suggested the GPS on his phone would reveal he was in Muncy, Det. Kontz wrote.
Shilling refused instructions to place his hands behind back, made a fist and attempted to punch one officer, police said. He twisted and, "Shilling turned someone else's interview into his own arrest," Detective Kontz said at Shilling's arraignment before Muncy Magisterial Judge Jon E. Kemp on Aug. 19, 2019.
In the police cruiser, he tried to break out the windows and made threats to kill the officers, Det. Kontz wrote.
In addition to the aggravated assault and resisting arrest charges, Shilling was arraigned on one second degree felony count criminal conspiracy engaging - burglary - not adapted for overnight accommodation, no person present, one second degree felony count criminal trespass -break into structure, one third degree felony count theft by unlawful taking - movable property, one third degree felony count receiving stolen property, retail theft - take merchandise.
Shilling was unable to post $50,000 bail and was incarcerated at the Lycoming County Prison. Docket sheet.
Reid, who did not resist arrest, was charged with one count each of second degree felony conspiracy - criminal trespass break into structure, third degree felony theft by unlawful taking - movable property, third degree felony receiving stolen property, third degree felony retail theft - take merchandise, second degree felony burglary - not adapted for overnight accommodation, no person present.
Reid's bail was set at $25,000. Docket sheet.
Both men are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before Muncy Magisterial District Judge Jon E. Kemp on Aug. 23, 2019.