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Police: Man convicted of HIA holdup in 2018 broke into residence week before

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 2/11/20

State Police on Jan. 29 made an arrest in the Aug. 23, 2018 burglary of a Londonderry Township residence where more than $14,000 in items were stolen.

William C. Barilla, 44, was already behind …

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Police: Man convicted of HIA holdup in 2018 broke into residence week before

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State Police on Jan. 29 made an arrest in the Aug. 23, 2018 burglary of a Londonderry Township residence where more than $14,000 in items were stolen.

William C. Barilla, 44, was already behind bars, having been arrested by Harrisburg International Airport police in September 2018 for robbing an airport parking toll booth attendant on Aug. 30, 2018 — a week after State Police now say Barilla broke into the residence in the 1000 block of Hillsdale Road.

Finger prints State Police collected from the residence were identified as belonging to Barilla, whose prints were in the criminal justice system as a result of his charges for numerous other offenses dating to 2002, according to online court records.

State Police reached out to HIA police, who provided information that helped State Police match Barilla to the person seen on surveillance video walking around the Hillsdale Road residence on the night of Aug. 23, 2018, while the homeowner was on vacation. The matching information included a full sleeve of tattoos on Barilla’s left arm, police said.

Police in arrest papers said Barilla got in by breaking a basement window, causing $350 in damage.

The stolen items included two guitars with a combined value of $11,500 that had been custom-made by the resident, Go Pro cameras valued at $250, a Nikon D70 camera and gear with a combined value of $1,050, a $100 flat screen TV, a $20 AR-15 223 magazine, a $50 Sig Sauer pistol case, and a $50 necklace.

Also reported stolen were numerous weapons, including a $300 Winchester 16 gauge pump shot gun, a $600 Sig Sauer .22 caliber pistol, an $800 Verspro Defense AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a $100 Rohm .22 caliber lever action rifle, and a $150 Gamo Varmint air pellet rifle.

Another four firearms that had been in a locked gun case were found by the victim on the ground outside of a window, police said.

Police determined one of the guitars and the camera equipment were sold at a Harrisburg pawn shop for $175 on Aug. 26, 2018. Police searched other area pawn shops and music stores but could not track down any of the other items allegedly stolen by Barilla.

Barilla is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, prohibited possession of a firearm, criminal attempt to receive stolen property, criminal attempt to damage property, and loitering and prowling at night time.

His preliminary hearing on the new charges is set for Feb. 26 before District Judge David Judy.

On Jan. 31, Barilla was sentenced to two to four years in state prison by Judge Richard A. Lewis, after pleading guilty to robbery and simple assault stemming from the robbery of the parking lot attendant at HIA.

Initial reports were that two men were involved in the robbery. A second man has not been arrested, HIA Police Lt. Stephen L. Kiessling told the Press & Journal.