A man and a woman, who, along with three other people, were allegedly involved in a crime spree that spanned three counties last year, are charged in connection two armed robberies in southern York County during that period, police announced Thursday.

York Area Regional Police say Nicole M. Kilhefner, 20, of Terre Hill, Lancaster County, and John Hardy Carter, 21, no address provided, held up a Rutter's Farm Store in Windsor Township on Sept. 11 and a Turkey Hill in Dallastown on Sept. 15, 2012 during a "Bonnie and Clyde" type robbery.

Police also charged Roger E. Strawser Jr., 41, of Dallastown, with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit theft for his alleged involvement in the Turkey Hill robbery, according to court records.

He remains in York County Prison on $200,000 bail, according to a prison spokesman.

Authorities say Carter, Kilhefner and two other men took part in a two-month-long crime spree that spanned York, Lancaster and Dauphin counties. All told, the gang allegedly committed 18 burglaries, four robberies and two attempted robberies, police said.

In prison: In York County, Kilhefner is charged with three counts of robbery, two counts of theft and a single count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

She remains in Lancaster County Prison on $200,000 bail, a prison spokeswoman said.


Carter is charged with two counts each of robbery and theft and single count of conspiracy to commit robbery for his alleged role in the armed robberies in York County, according to court documents.

He is in Lancaster County Prison on $910,000 bail, the spokeswoman said.

Carter and Kilhefner also faces charges in Lancaster County, and Carter faces additional charges in Dauphin County.

Also charged in connection with the spree are Kyle Lamar Stauffer, 19, of East Earl, Lancaster County, and Brian Michael Barnard, 22, of Yoe. Both men remain in Lancaster County Prison -- Stauffer on $150,000 bail and Barnard on $200,000 bail -- the spokeswoman said.

'Bonnie and Clyde': Carter and Kilhefner entered the Turkey Hill, 2 W. Main St. in Dallastown, just after 1 a.m. on Sept. 15, and Kilhefner pulled a revolver on the clerk, according to Carter's charging documents.

"I'm sorry I have to do this but I need money. It's sort of a Bonnie and Clyde thing. Give me all your money," she told the clerk, documents state.

Carter went behind the counter and loaded cartons of cigarettes into his backpack as Kilhefner went to the rear of the store and took drinks from a cooler, documents state.

The two fled, leaving behind the plastic bag containing money and lottery tickets they got in the robbery, documents state.

Strawser told York Area Regional Police that he drove the pair to the store, documents state.

Second robbery: A few days before the robbery at Turkey Hill, police say Carter and Kilhefner also held another convenience store, this one a Rutter's Farm Store at 791 Delta Road in Windsor Township.

At the time, police said a man, later identified as Carter, and a woman, later identified as Kilhefner, entered the store about 2 a.m. on Sept. 11 and Carter pulled a revolver and demanded cash from a clerk and a wallet from a customer.

Kilhefner jumped over the counter and loaded a backpack with packs of cigarettes, police had said.

After receiving the money, Carter apologized for the inconvenience the robbery caused and left with Kilhefner, police said.

Spree: During the ensuing investigation, police form York and Lancaster counties met and began to link all five people to the series of burglaries and robberies.

The spree started in late August 2012, about a month after Carter was released from prison on unrelated charges, and ended in late October 2012 when Carter and Barnard were arrested by New Holland, Lancaster County, Police for allegedly committing a burglary in Earl Township, police said.

Court records don't list attorneys for Strawser, Stauffer or Kilhefner. Attorneys listed for Carter and Barnard could not be reached for comment.

-- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.