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Liquor store robbers nabbed

Two men were charged in the Thursday morning burglary of Potomac Wine & Spirits.

Two men were charged in the Thursday morning burglary of Potomac Wine & Spirits.

November 15, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - The fast action of a Hagerstown resident and three police officers early Thursday led to the apprehension of two men who were subsequently charged with burglarizing a Hagerstown liquor store, said Lt. Rick Johnson of Hagerstown City Police.

Roy Edward Jenkins III, 24, of 628 N. Mulberry St., and Eric Justin Black, 22, of Savannah, Ga., were charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property, Johnson said.

A neighbor called 911 at about 6:40 a.m. when she heard and saw two men breaking the front door glass of Potomac Wine & Spirits at 725 Potomac Ave. with a metal baseball bat, Johnson said.

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Police began responding to the scene prior to the activation of the store's alarm, he said.

The eyewitness gave an emergency dispatcher "great descriptions" of the suspects and their actions as they allegedly broke into the liquor store and then fled on foot, Johnson said.

A bottle of vodka valued at $19.99 was taken during the break-in and glass in a door was shattered, Johnson said.

Johnson praised Officers Barb Schroyer, Jason Dietz and Lauren Robinson, who caught the suspects fleeing down an alley on the east side of the 600 block of North Mulberry Street within minutes of the crime.

Jenkins and Black were being held Thursday in the Washington County Detention Center. Their bond was set at $75,000 each.

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