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Wendy's robber gets 20 years in jail for Christmas Eve heist

September 08, 2000

Wendy's robber gets 20 years in jail for Christmas Eve heist



A Frederick, Md., man charged in a Christmas Eve armed robbery at Wendy's on Wesel Boulevard was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Francis Xavier Geppi Jr., 33, of 126 E. Seventh St., had also been charged with robbery, use of a handgun in a felony, assault, reckless endangerment and felony theft, police said.

Geppi entered the plea to armed robbery during a scheduled suppression hearing before Judge John H. McDowell.

Wendy's was closed at 10 a.m. Dec. 24 when the manager got a phone call from a man who said he was outside at a pay phone and had missed a job interview the day before, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Shortly after the manager let the man inside, the man ordered employees into the office at gunpoint, police said.

The manager was ordered to open the safe and employees were ordered into the freezer, police said.

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The manager unsuccessfully tried to take the handgun away from the man, police said.

The man fled on foot toward Martin's.

A witness told police they saw the man get into a Toyota pickup truck and gave police the tag number.

The truck was registered to Geppi, who was later identified in a police photo lineup by the victims, police said.

- Marlo Barnhart

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