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Man confesses to robberies

January 13, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man was arrested late Friday night after he walked to the back door of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and confessed to two armed robberies, police said.

Robert Wayne Largent, 20, was charged with two felony counts of armed robbery. He told police he robbed the Inwood 7-Eleven store on Dec. 22 and tried to rob a pizza delivery man last Thursday, Cpl. D.L. Steerman said.

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, Steerman started talking to Largent, who had come to the Sheriff's Department, Steerman said. During the conversation, Largent lifted his coat, revealing an unloaded sawed-off shotgun, Steerman said.

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Largent cooperated with police, Steerman said.

Largent told police that he turned himself in because he was afraid someone would get hurt if he remained free, Steerman said.

At press time Saturday, Largent remained in Eastern Regional Jail on $100,000 bail.

The first robbery, at the 7-Eleven, occurred after a man identified by police as Largent milled around the store for several minutes and then approached a female clerk.

After making small talk, the robber pulled a sawed-off shotgun from the waistband of his pants and pointed it at the clerk, police said. The clerk gave the robber around $70 and he left the store, court records show.

The second robbery happened Thursday evening after someone asked that a pizza be delivered to the Mill Creek Market parking lot on U.S. 11 South in Bunker Hill.

When the delivery man arrived, he passed the pizza outside of his car window to a man police said was Largent. The man put the pizza on top of the delivery man's car and then allegedly pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the driver.

The delivery man tried unsuccessfully to grab the gun and then drove away, records show. No cash was taken, police said.

Largent told police that he ran off after that robbery attempt, fell and lost the gun, Steerman said. Police have recovered a gun that may have been used in the pizza robbery, Steerman said.

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