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Police say robberies may be linked

August 12, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police are trying to determine whether there is a link between a thwarted convenience store robbery in Falling Waters, W.Va., on Tuesday and pair of armed robberies earlier this week in Martinsburg.

David Matthias Maloney, 23, of Frederick, Md., was charged with unarmed robbery and held on $25,000 bond in the Eastern Regional Jail after an attempted robbery Tuesday night at Lynn's Convenience Store in Falling Waters.

A man dressed in a white tank top with a baseball cap pulled low asked a clerk in the store for dimes then reached across the counter when she opened the cash register, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

The man grabbed a $5.50 check, five $20 bills, a $50 bill, an ATM receipt and 24 $1 food stamps, police said.

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The man was caught after customers and employees in the store tackled him before he could escape, police said.

Martinsburg City Police are trying to determine if there might be a link between the convenience store robbery and two robberies in the city late Sunday and early Monday, Martinsburg City Police Det. George Swartwood said.

Victims in both robberies told police a gunman wearing a white tank top approached them and demanded money, police said.

The first robbery took place about 10:15 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of W. King Street and Delaware Avenue with the second robbery about two hours later in the parking lot behind the Outback Steakhouse on Foxcroft Avenue, police said.

Conviction on an unarmed robbery charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, according to court records.

Anyone with information on the two Martinsburg robberies may call Martinsburg City Police at 304-264-2100 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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