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Man attempts to rob Sheetz store with hammer

December 17, 2002

A hammer-wielding man attempted to rob a convenience store clerk Monday night, Hagerstown City Police said.

At 7:10 p.m., a man entered the Sheetz Store at 716 Potomac Ave. and approached the counter, said Sgt. Dave Long. The man then reached across the counter in an attempt to get money from the cash drawer, hitting the male clerk on the hand with a hammer in the process, police said.

The second clerk, a woman, slammed the cash drawer closed, thwarting the robber's attempt to get money, police said.

The man fled the store, taking the hammer with him, police said.

Witnesses described the would-be robber as white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, wearing a blue jean jacket and white gloves.

"A short time later, we found those clothing items and the hammer to the rear of the first block of Fairground Avenue," Long said.

Long said the male clerk who was hit with the hammer initially declined to seek medical treatment but later was persuaded to by the store management.

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Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect may call Hagerstown City Police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

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