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Man faces charges of robbery, kidnapping charges

December 20, 2002

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg police said Thursday they have obtained warrants charging a city man with robbery and kidnapping in an incident involving an 83-year-old Martinsburg woman.

City police and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department are searching for Belcher Grady, 18, whose last known address was 122 Fairfax St., Martinsburg.

Police said a man forced his way into the victim's residence on Candi Court and robbed her of $500 in cash. He rifled through her belongings and then, under threat of a firearm, forced her to drive to the BB&T Bank on South Queen Street where he tried to get her to withdraw $8,000 from her account by check, police said.

Police said the woman signaled the teller that she needed help. The man then forced her to drive from the drive-in window and left on foot. He returned to her home where he got into his own vehicle and left, police said.

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Deputies with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department also are seeking Grady on charges related to driveway sealing and paving work.

Lt. K.C. Bohrer alleged that Grady used the name of a legitimate contractor and said he was the contractor's son to gain the trust of unsuspecting people.

He paved or sealed driveways then charged more than the original quote, Bohrer alleged.

Deputies obtained two warrants charging Grady with misdemeanor counts of obtaining money under false pretenses.

Bohrer said he believed Grady was still in the area. He had been seen in a black Chevrolet truck, which has a Chevrolet emblem on the back windshield, he said.

Police said Grady goes by the aliases Josh Grady, Josh Smith, Albert Smith and Josh Dugan.

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