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City men charged in second robbery

August 23, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Two Hagerstown men already charged with Tuesday's armed robbery of the Waffle House Restaurant have been charged in the Aug. 17 armed robbery of the AC&T station at 16504 Virginia Ave. in Williamsport.

Detective Greg Alton of the Washington County Sheriff's Department filed the new charges Thursday against Robbie Joseph Hammond and William Morgan Stewart.

The charges against each in the AC&T robbery include two counts of first- and second-degree assault, and one count of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, felony theft and conspiracy to commit theft.

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Hammond, 18, and Stewart, 19, both of 335 S. Potomac St., were being held at the Washington County Detention Center.

Hammond's total bond in both cases is $145,000 while Stewart's bond was $210,000, Alton said.

In the AC&T robbery, two men entered the store at 1:55 a.m. on Aug. 17 and displayed a gun, telling the cashier and customer to get down on the floor, deputies said. One of the robbers took money from the cash drawer and the two men fled on foot to the rear of the store.

The Tuesday robbery at the Waffle House Restaurant on Sharpsburg Pike south of Interstate 70 was investigated by Maryland State Police.

According to police, at about 2:10 a.m. a man wearing a gray fleece sweatshirt, baggy jeans and a blue bandanna with white paint over his face entered the restaurant and displayed an undetermined weapon.

Patrons and employees were ordered onto the floor and cash was taken from the register.

State police troopers and Washington County Sheriff's deputies searched the area, and found a vehicle containing the described clothing behind the Sleep Inn Motel.

Stewart and Hammond were arrested following a foot chase. There were in jail when served with the new charges Thursday.

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