Couple Arrested After Robbery at Emporium Video Exchange
By: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
CASPER, WYO. — A couple is facing aggravated-robbery charges after police confirmed to JRL CHARTS that they robbed a local adult video store at gunpoint Tuesday December 27, 2011.
Antoine D. Miller and Casey Bingemer were taken into custody at a West Yellowstone Highway hotel early Wednesday.
Police stated that the couple are accused of walking into the Emporium Video Exchange located at 1210 East F Street in Casper around 9:10 p.m. Tuesday and pulling a pistol on the clerk. The clerk told police that a man pointed a weapon at his head and said, “Don’t move or I will … blow your brains out,” according to an arrest affidavit from the case.
Plus a female who was later identified as former employee Casey Bingemer, went to a drawer and took $400 in cash. The couple then fled from the location, said police. Luckily employees or customers were injured during the robbery. The owner of the Emporium Video Exchange stated that after reviewing video of the incident, told authorities that she believed the woman involved in the robbery was Bingemer. The owner further stated that Bingemer had previously worked at the Emporium Video Exchange and been fired roughly a month earlier for “not doing her job,” the affidavit states.
Authorities learned that Bingemer had been living at the Sage & Sand Motel located at 901 W Yellowstone Hwy in Casper since December 15. Authorities set up surveillance at the motel to monitor the couple. After obtaining an arrest warrant, police tried to enter the room where Bingemer was allegedly staying. Miller and Bingemer refused to open the door, and there was a brief standoff.
Miller, who was inside the room, eventually allowed authorities to enter the room. Miller and Bingemer were taken into custody without shots fired. Police searched the room and recovered a bag containing $400, as well as a semi-automatic BB gun matching the description of the weapon used in the robbery, according to court documents. Methamphetamine paraphernalia was also found in the room, police say.
Bingemer and Miller did not admit to committing the robbery during subsequent interviews,said police. They made their initial appearances in Natrona County Circuit Court on Wednesday December 28. They are both charged with aggravated robbery, conspiracy and felony methamphetamine possession.
If the couple is convicted, they each are now looking at the possibility of more than 50 years in prison. Miller’s bond was set at $50,000, while Bingemer’s was set at $15,000. They will each have preliminary hearings in the next several weeks when a judge will then decide if enough evidence exists for them to move forward with trial. Currently both suspects remain in Jail at the Natrona County Detention Center.