Accused jewelry store robber in State College indicted on federal charges

A man accused in the January robbery of Kranich’s Jewelers in State College in which $950,000 worth of merchandise was stolen has been indicted on federal charges related to the incident.

The June 13 indictment in U.S. Middle District Court had been sealed until Thursday when a copy was made available following the arraignment of Rodger Kent Williams, 41, of Philadelphia. Magistrate Judge William I. Arbuckle ordered him detained without bail.

The federal charges are interference with commerce by threats and violence, carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

State College police allege Williams, on Jan. 9, displayed a .357-caliber revolver and ordered a store employee to give him the keys to a display case. He told police he and four others planned the robbery and drove to State College from Philadelphia in three separate vehicles.

Williams has been in custody since Jan. 29 when he was arrested in Cary, N.C., following a similar robbery. He is alleged to have confessed to the State College robbery at that time.

Surveillance cameras in Kranich’s show three men committing the robbery, two with their faces covered and one, later identified as Williams, wearing a hoodie.

Besides jewelry from a display case, Williams is accused of taking the Rolex watch, jewelry and wallet from the store manager.

He is charged in Centre County with robbery, criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of a firearm, theft, receiving stolen property and recklessly endangering another person.