Woman arrested in Uniontown robberies


Nicole Lilley, 33, of Gibsonia, was caught on surveillance footage during a robbery in Uniontown Thursday evening.

A Gibsonia woman is facing charges in a string of robberies committed at Uniontown businesses.

Nicole Elaine Lilley, 33, of Fairview Avenue reportedly told police she robbed the businesses to buy narcotics. She was arrested after she allegedly attempted to rob Fox’s Pizza Sunday. She is also accused of robbing DiMarco’s Bistro & Cantina and The Vapor Hut Nov. 21. She confessed to each crime, Uniontown City Police said.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed in Sunday’s case, Lilley went into Fox’s Pizza at about 2 p.m. and told an employee, Halyrae Geary, to open the cash register. Geary responded, “I’m not going to do that,” and Lilley allegedly demanded she open the register two or three more times. Lilley left, and Uniontown City Police found a woman matching the suspect’s description on West Main Street. She reportedly walked away from police, who saw a bulge in the waistband of her pants. She was arrested and identified herself as Lilley.

Lilley told police Geary did open the register at Fox’s Pizza, but she decided to leave when she saw only a small amount of money. She told police she is addicted to stimulants, including meth, cocaine and crack. She said she robbed the stores because she wanted to stay awake, according to court documents.

Police said she also explained the robberies at The Vapor Hut and DiMarco’s “in detail.”

“Lilley advised that she is willing to take her punishment from the district attorney’s office,” Uniontown City Police Cpl. D.J. Dewitt wrote in the affidavit. “Lilley stated she’ll do the district attorney’s job, stating she would go to [SCI] Muncy for four years with a 10 year probation tail.”

At about 5 p.m. Nov. 21, Lilley allegedly demanded money from DiMarco’s employee Rebecca Cunningham. Lilley allegedly had a hand in her pocket and a hand on Cunningham’s shoulder, telling her “Don’t act stupid. You know how to open it,” and “I know how to use it,” according to the affidavit.

About 1½ hours later, she allegedly grabbed employee Brett Mett at The Vapor Hut and demanded money from the cash register. She was caught on surveillance footage and fled with cash. She used the money from both robberies to buy narcotics, she told police, according to court documents.

She is charged with three counts each of robbery and theft, two counts of receiving stolen property and one count each of attempted robbery and attempted theft. Her total bail amount is $85,000. Lilley remains in Fayette County Prison, unable to post bail.

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