Police log for 1-21

January 21, 2003

Police seek help in solving store robbery

The armed robbery of a Hagerstown convenience store by a hammer-wielding man in mid-December is the topic of this week's Crime Solvers case in Washington County.

Hagerstown City Police said a man entered Sheetz at 716 Potomac Ave. at 7:05 p.m. on Dec. 16.

The man was standing in line at the counter when the clerk opened the cash register to the suspect's left to make change for another customer, police said.

As the drawer opened, the man produced a claw hammer, lunged over the counter and swung the tool, striking the male clerk's right hand. As the robber reached in to get the money, the female clerk pushed the cash register drawer closed on the man's left hand, police said.

The robber pulled his hand out, grabbed the female clerk on her breast and pinched her very hard, calling her vulgar names, police said.


He fled without getting any money, police said.

A search of the area turned up the hammer and the clothing the suspect had been wearing in an alley at the rear of the first block of Fairground Avenue.

The robber was wearing white gloves, a jean jacket and a baseball cap.

All leads in this case have been exhausted and Crime Solvers is seeking the help of the community.

If anyone knows the person or persons responsible for the crime, Crime Solvers wants to hear about it.

Call Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day.

Callers need not give their names, only the information. If the information leads to the arrest and indictment of the persons responsible for the Crime of the Week, a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid.

Cash rewards of between $100 and $1,000 also are given for information leading to arrests on other crimes.

Deputies investigate broken car window

Washington County Sheriff's deputies said a car window had been broken out Saturday in the 10900 block of Gaywood Drive. Police said there was $200 in damage to the Nissan Altima.

Panhandle residents enter guilty pleas

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Eastern Panhandle residents remained in custody awaiting sentencings in separate drug cases that led to guilty pleas last week before U.S. District Court Judge Craig Broadwater.

  • Charles J. Lewis III, 39, of 424 W. King St., Martinsburg, W.Va., admitted distributing .24 of a gram of crack cocaine in April 2000.

    Lewis, who could face up to 20 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine, is scheduled for sentencing on April 7.

  • Charlene Shade, 41, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs in August 2002.

    Shade faces from five to 40 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $2 million. No sentencing date was announced last Thursday.

    Both cases were investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

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