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Man pleads guilty to robbery

July 13, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

A Waynesboro, Pa., man charged in March in the robbery of a Hagerstown liquor store pleaded guilty to robbery Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

The case of Kurt Adam Baer, 26, of 6633 Marsh Road, was continued and he was held on $50,000 bond pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation ordered by Judge Donald Beachley.

At 9:30 p.m. March 5, a man walked into Potomac Wine and Spirits at 725 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, and demanded cash, according to Hagerstown City Police. The man kept his right hand in his jacket pocket, police said.

The robber left the store and got into a black Mazda Protege, but city police said the clerk followed him outside, shattering the windshield and passenger door window with a club.

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At 11:15 p.m., a vehicle fitting the description was found by city police parked on the 400 Block of North Potomac Street. On March 6, Baer was picked up by police on North Jonathan Street and charged in the robbery.

Baer was released on $50,000 bond.

Hagerstown police said they recovered $750 of the $1,250 stolen from the liquor store.

Baer is also facing charges by Pennsylvania State Police in the robbery of a Franklin County, Pa., market earlier the same day.

Baer was arraigned before District Justice Shirley Shatzer March 10 on charges of robbery, theft and receiving stolen property in connection with a March 5 holdup at Earl's Market, 15755 Pennsylvania Ave., State Line, Pa.

At 6:15 p.m. that day, a man walked into the store and demanded cash, according to police. The report said the man held his hand in his jacket pocket as if he were holding a weapon.

The man took $60 from the cash register and fled in what the report described as a small green vehicle with an unknown Pennsylvania registration, police said.

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