Dandy robbers sentenced
Two Sayre residents who robbed a convenience store in the borough last fall were sentenced Monday in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas.
Richard James Straub, 24, was sentenced to three to ten years in state prison, while Kerista Jo Wandell, 19, received six months probation, according to court information. Both were ordered to pay $821 in restitution.
Straub pleaded guilty in February to a first-degree felony robbery charge, and Wandell entered a guilty plea to charges of theft by unlawful taking and possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors.
Sayre Borough police took the couple into custody Oct. 17 following a search at their North Elmer Avenue apartment. Police charged both with robbery, theft by unlawful taking and possession of a controlled substance, according to criminal affidavits filed with the court.
Police said Straub entered the Dandy Mini Mart on North Keystone Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and demanded money from the cash register. Straub then entered a silver vehicle driven by Wandell, which traveled south on Keystone Avenue without its headlights on, police said.
Witnesses at nearby Reese's Restaurant told police the car had been parked in the restaurant's lot for about 90 minutes prior to the robbery and that Straub and Wandell had been inside it, acting suspicious. Witnesses told police the vehicle moved several times without its headlights on and Straub repeatedly entered and exited the car.
A store manager identified Wandell as a former employee of the store and Straub as her boyfriend.
During a search of their apartment, police found several baggies of a substance believed to be heroin.
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