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Two W.Va. women charged in gas station robberies

December 06, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG - After a brief pursuit along snowy Interstate 81, police charged two women Thursday in connection with three convenience store robberies.

Dorothea McCoy, 32, of Rumsey Terrace in Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged with entering without breaking, petit larceny, reckless driving, obstructing police and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Lorrie Ann Hairston, 34, of South College Street in Martinsburg, was charged with entering without breaking and conspiracy to commit a crime.

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The women were charged in connection with robberies at an Exxon station on Edwin Miller Boulevard on Sunday, a Shell station on Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg and a Shell station on W.Va. 9 between Martinsburg and Hedgesville, W.Va. Both Shell stations were robbed Thursday, police said.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies, in a four-wheel drive Chevrolet Blazer, began pursuing the two after the Shell station on W.Va. 9 was robbed Thursday.

The women refused to pull over as they headed south on Interstate 81 in a Jeep Cherokee. After trying to pass a police cruiser in front of them, McCoy, who was driving, collided with a tractor-trailer that was stopped in the median, according to court records. Police then hemmed in the car using their cruisers, records show.

After a brief struggle, McCoy was handcuffed, as was Hairston, according to police records.

After they were taken into custody, West Virginia State Trooper R.T. Dyroff spoke to the women, and connected them to the Exxon robbery, police said.

No weapon was used during any of the robberies, police said.

During the Exxon robbery, two women walked in just after 1 a.m. According to police, a woman police allege was McCoy put a package of gum on the store's counter and acted as if she were retrieving change from her pocket. After a clerk opened the cash register, a woman police allege was Hairston grabbed the register, spun it toward her and took between $170 and $200, court records show.

At the Shell station on W.Va. 9, a woman police allege was McCoy went into the store to pay for gas and a soda, but grabbed $44 after a clerk opened the cash drawer, court records show.

After that robbery police started chasing the women, records show.

Information was not available on the Shell station robbery on Foxcroft Avenue.

Berkeley County Magistrate Joan Bragg arraigned McCoy and Hairston Thursday afternoon. She set McCoy's bail at $29,500, and Hairston's bail at $25,000. Both remained in Eastern Regional Jail Thursday afternoon.

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