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Man charged as accessory in robbery

June 20, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

Theft and accessory charges have been lodged against a Hagerstown man accused of driving the getaway car in two recent armed robberies at two AC&T service stations.

Ronald Joseph Roberts, 35, of 77 Manor Drive, Apt. 202, was being held on $50,000 bond Monday at the Washington County Detention Center.

The charges include two counts of accessory before the fact (robbery) and two counts of felony theft.

The maximum penalty for a conviction on each count is 15 years in prison.

According to court records, Roberts was approached by Marshall Lynn Spigler the day of the May 28 armed robbery of the AC&T service station on Burhans Boulevard.

Roberts told police Spigler asked him for a ride and told him he had to collect some money. Roberts said he waited in an alley off Salem Avenue for Spigler to return, court records said.

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Spigler is charged with the armed robbery of the AC&T service station on Wesel Boulevard May 30.

In that incident, Roberts told police he knew what was happening and that the gun used in that robbery was his BB gun, court records alleged.

Roberts also told police he and Spigler used the $973 obtained in the two robberies to buy crack cocaine and smoke it, court records alleged.

Spigler, who was being held without bond, is also charged with robbery, first-degree assault, felony theft and several handgun violations in each of the two robberies, according to court records.

Spigler, 37, of no fixed address, has been in custody since June 8 after Hagerstown City Police went to a home at 428 Salem Ave. and found him hiding in the attic.

After his arrest on the second robbery, Spigler led police to where he stashed the guns and the green jacket he wore in the robberies. All three were recovered, court records said.

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