Post-It note helps police make robbery arrest

November 30, 1996

A Post-It note helped lead Hagerstown City Police to a man now charged in a July armed robbery in the parking lot of the Wellesley Inn on Dual Highway.

Norman Perry Herbert, 28, of no fixed address, is facing charges of armed robbery, theft and a number of handgun violations, according to police reports.

Herbert was being held on $100,000 bond Friday at the Washington County Detention Center.

The robbery occurred July 12 at 12:01 a.m. as the victim was unloading his van, police said. A man approached, displayed a handgun and demanded his wallet.

The robber fled into the woods on foot after the victim gave him $88, one credit card and one ATM card, police reports said.


Officer Patricia Shantz and her K-9, Eros, tracked the robber to a bag of clothing, some shoes and a loaded .38-caliber handgun under a tree, police reports said.

After the victim positively identified the clothing as that of the robber, police discovered two yellow Post-It notes in one of the pockets.

The notes contained phone numbers and some names. One of the numbers belonged to a Hagerstown resident who, when contacted by Detective Carroll Braun, remembered writing the other numbers down for a man named "Tink," police reports said.

Braun ran that nickname by another detective who said he knew that Norman Perry Herbert was known by that name, police reports said.

In early November, police picked Herbert up for violation of probation. While he was in custody, Braun questioned Herbert about the armed robbery in July, police reports said.

Another interview with one of Herbert's friends revealed that Herbert had talked about a Dual Highway robbery, police reports said.

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