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Police log for 2/21

February 27, 2002

A strong-arm robbery in downtown Hagerstown Wednesday afternoon may have been committed by one of the same men believed responsible for more than 15 similar crimes in the city since November.

At 2 p.m., the 41-year-old victim was in the main hallway of 111 E. Washington St. when he was approached by three men, said Lt. Rick Johnson of the Hagerstown City Police.

Johnson said the description of the man who actually did the robbing was much like profiles given by other victims. The robber was described as black, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and wearing a black or dark coat.

"The other two men were not active participants in the robbery but were present," Johnson said.

The way the robbery occurred was also indicative of the method used in previous incidents - the victim was approached from behind, was knocked down, the wallet taken and then the robber flees on foot, Johnson said.

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In the Wednesday incident, the victim wasn't hurt, Johnson said.

Police rushed to the scene as soon as the call came in but were unable to locate any suspects in the vicinity.

Johnson said he hoped witnesses might have seen the men running away and could assist in the investigation.

Anyone with information may call police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141. Rewards are available.




According to court records, the following people appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo on Feb. 15 on charges brought by National Park Service rangers on C&O Canal property:

- David Main, 55, of Hedgesville, W.Va., possession of a weapon in park, $250 fine.

- Four juveniles, all 17, were fined $100 each for damaging natural resources, being in possession of alcohol or marijuana.

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