Suspect sought in robbery

September 28, 1998|By BRENDAN KIRBY

HALFWAY - A supermarket was robbed Saturday night, hours after an unsuccessful robbery at-tempt at a pharmacy on Wesel Boulevard, police said.

At about 7 p.m., a man walked into the Food Lion on Virginia Avenue and handed a note demanding money to the cashier, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The cashier gave the man some money and he ran out the front door, deputies said.

The cashier alerted the other employees and sounded an alarm.

A customer followed the robber to the parking lot and alerted another customer, who followed by car, deputies said.

Investigators found a car thought to belong to the robber, but they later determined it belonged to a legitimate customer who was recently in the store, deputies said.

"It was an honest mistake," said Cpl. Daryl Sanders.

The robber was described as a white man, about 40 years old, standing between 5 feet 5 inches tall and 5 feet 6 inches tall. He had a medium build and black and gray hair, deputies said.


He was wearing a blue ball cap, a blue T-shirt with unknown writing and blue jeans, deputies said.

A man fitting a similar description tried to rob the CVS Pharmacy on Wesel Boulevard at about 4 p.m. on Saturday, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The man - who had a dark mustache and was wearing a dirty ball cap, dark clothing and had a generally dirty appearance - entered the store and handed a note to the cashier demanding money, police said. He threatened to harm people if the demand was not met, police said.

The man displayed a handgun tucked in his pants pocket, police said. But when the cashier was unable to open the cash register, the man took the note back and left the store, police said.

Sanders said the sheriff's department and city police conferred on the two incidents.

"It sounds like they're related to me," he said. "The description matches almost identically and it's roughly the same area."

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