Arrest made in Marple Township movie theater robbery

MARPLE TWP., Pa. - April 3, 2014

26-year-old Christopher Heinly of Plymouth Meeting was taken into custody at a Bucks County halfway house Wednesday night for the March 28th robbery of the AMC10 Movie Theater in the Marple Crossroads Shopping Center.

Police say Heinly, a former employee of the theater, is responsible for two additional robberies of the same theater occurring on June 9, 2012 and June 9, 2013.

Heinly is charged with two counts of robbery, three counts of theft by unlawful taking, three counts of receiving stolen property, and criminal conspiracy.

The investigation led to Heinly after, police say, he was positively identified by current and former employees of the theater as the suspect seen on security footage.

Charges are pending against two additional coconspirators.

The incident took place around 11:00 p.m. on March 28th at the AMC 10 Theatres in the located at 400 South State Road.

Police say Heinly walked into the theater and stole $600 from the registers. He was in and out in seconds.

A security guard spotted Heinly and chased him to the parking lot.

Investigators say Heinly jumped into a white 4-door sedan, possibly a Volkswagen, with a getaway driver who flashed a handgun. According to police, that's when the security guard fired his weapon four times.

"He claims the gun was pointed right at him so he took defensive actions at that point after the robbery takes place. I don't have a problem with his actions, where the car was parked was a secluded part of the parking lot, so there was no one around there, so thankfully no one got injured here," said Detective Barry Williams, Marple Township Police.

The guard struck the driver side door, but the car took off at a high rate of speed on Route 1.

"Deliberately knew what he wanted so he had a set goal in mind. He knew where to go, what to do and he did it and left quickly," Williams said.

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