Store hit again by robbers

February 13, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - For the second time in 10 days, a gunman targeted the Olde Berkeley News at 105 N. Queen St. Wednesday afternoon, getting away with an undetermined amount of money.

Shortly before 1 p.m., a man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money, Martinsburg City Police said.

Witnesses told police the man was seen in the 100 block of West Burke Street shortly after he left the store.

The man was described as black, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slender build, and possibly in his 30s. He was wearing a three-quarter length trenchcoat.

On Feb. 2, a man with a similar description walked into the Queen Street store about 4:03 p.m. and showed a handgun to an employee working at the cash register, police said.


In that incident, the man demanded $20 bills and $50 bills from a state lottery machine. After the employee handed over the cash, the man demanded $5 bills from the cash register, the employee told police.

The Feb. 2 robbery was the latest in a string of at least 12 robberies in Berkeley County since October, police said.

Two of the more recent robberies include the Days Inn on Viking Way on Jan. 27; and the 7-Eleven at 846 E. Moler Ave. on Jan. 26.

Other robberies have occurred at gas stations, stores, a bank and a credit union, said police, who believe they are being committed by people trying to support crack and heroin habits.

Arrests have been made in some of the earlier robberies, police said.

Police ask anyone with information about the latest robbery or any of the others to call 304-264-2100.

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