Men waive robbery cases to court

April 17, 2013
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Two men accused in different robberies waived their cases Wednesday to Washington County Court while their alleged mutual accomplice in both holdups remains at large.

Shayne Charles Coffield, 23, whose last known address is 247 W. Hallam Ave., Washington, is wanted for the Jan. 21 robbery of Isaly’s 2400 Jefferson Ave., Canton Township, and the March 27 holdup at Uni-Mart, 336 E. Maiden St., Washington, in which he allegedly shot a clerk in the leg. He remains at large.

Michael G. Stienstraw Jr., 26, of 2229 Jefferson Ave., Canton, was Coffield’s alleged accomplice in the holdup of Isaly’s. Steinstraw and Coffield are reportedly stepbrothers.

Police said one of them had a knife while the other carried a baseball bat. Money was stolen from the lottery drawer.

Stienstraw waived charges of robbery, terroristic threats, theft and simple assault. He had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Central Court before District Judge Valarie Costanzo. As part of the waiver agreement, his bond was reduced to a $15,000 percentage bond. He had been in the Washington County jail on $100,000 bond. Coffield faces identical charges.

Coffield’s alleged accomplice in the Uni-Mart robbery, Christopher Pitzarella, 23, of Washington, waived charges including robbery, conspiracy and a firearms violation. He remains in jail on $100,000 bond.

In the Uni-Mart robbery, Coffield was charged by city police with attempted homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault and a firearm violation as he was identified as the robber who shot a clerk, John Helfrich, in the leg during the robbery.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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