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Suspects sought in three strong-arm robberies

January 14, 2002

Suspects sought in three strong-arm robberies



By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY
andreabh@herald-mail.com


Hagerstown City Police late Saturday were looking for at least one man responsible for two strong-arm robberies in downtown Hagerstown earlier in the day.

The morning robberies in two Hagerstown alleys followed another strong-arm robbery - a robbery during which no weapon is displayed - at the Sheetz convenience store on Virginia Avenue in Halfway early Friday. That robber was also still at large late Saturday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

At 7:15 a.m. Saturday, a 58-year-old man was robbed in the alley behind the city market house, police said.

The victim was walking along Market Alley when he was approached from behind by a man who tried to remove his wallet from his rear pants pocket, police said.

The victim initially stopped the assailant from removing the wallet - which contained $10 and identification cards - but the assailant ripped the man's pocket and took the wallet before fleeing south in the alley toward West Franklin Street, police said.

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The robber - whom the victim described as being 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants - was last seen running between two buildings in the 100 block on North Potomac Street, police said.

At 8 a.m., a 61-year-old woman on her way to work was robbed in Kramer Alley off East Washington Street, police said.

A man approached her from behind, grabbed her around her neck, and forcibly removed a carry-all bag slung over her shoulder. The bag contained $140 in cash, credit cards and a cellular phone, police said.

The suspect - whom the victim described as a being a black male, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing dark clothing - fled south in the alley with the victim in pursuit. The suspect ran up the stairs to the parking lot next to Faith Chapel on South Potomac Street, where a man on the street joined the chase after hearing the victim's screams, police said.

The robber was chased to the rear of The Maryland Theatre and south on Rochester Place to the Baltimore Street Station Car Wash, where he was seen getting into a small car, police said.

Police scoured the area for the vehicle without success.

There is a "good possibility" that one man committed both robberies Saturday, said Sgt. Dave Long of the Hagerstown Police Department.

The Sheetz robber was described as a white man, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing150 pounds. He wore a black ski mask, black leather jacket, blue jeans, white turtleneck shirt and white sneakers, police said.

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