The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

May 14, 2013

Suspected pizza shop robber jailed


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SHARPSVILLE — A man suspected of robbing a Sharpsville pizza shop owner six weeks ago is in jail on robbery and drug charges.

Sharon police said they arrested William Dwayne "Scooter" Koehler at 7:30 p.m. Friday after learning that he was staying at 401 S. Oakland Ave., in the city.

Koehler, 33, of 200 Union St., Farrell, was named in a Sharpsville police warrant as a suspect in the early afternoon robbery and assault March 24 of Hometown Pizza owner Jeff Miller at his 707 W. Ridge Ave. shop.

Sharpsville police said in court documents that Koehler, wearing a mask, threatened Miller, saying during the robbery, "I have a knife, man, I will shank you."

The affidavit said the two men fought briefly and Koehler's mask came off before he got Miller in a headlock and forced him to open the cash register. Koehler stole $300 to $400, police said.

Koehler, who was taken to Mercer County Jail after his arraignment by District Judge Dennis M. Songer, Sharon, faces robbery, conspiracy, aggravated assault and theft charges.

Another man shown earlier with Koehler on surveillance tape at Sharpsville Food Mart next door to the pizza shop has not been charged in the case.

Koehler was carrying suspected heroin, spoons with burned residue and a syringe when he was arrested Friday. Sharon police charged him with possession of a small amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia.