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Armed robber hits area Shell station

April 21, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man fled from a gas station with cash Sunday night after entering the business and showing a handgun, said Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies.

The white male entered the Pikeside Shell station at 3013 Winchester Ave. about 8:30 p.m., said Deputy M.W. Rephann.

The man showed the handgun and demanded cash from a clerk, Rephann said.

The suspect obtained money but Rephann declined to say how much.

The man fled from the store and headed north toward Martinsburg, Rephann said.

A police dog unit was called to help investigate, and the dog picked up a possible trail of the suspect in the area, Rephann said.

Two deputies were stationed at the gas station late Sunday. Rephann then rushed from the scene at about 10 p.m.

The gas station is located in the Pikeside area south of Martinsburg.

A group of people stood around the entrance to the gas station, which is also known as a ROCS station. The female clerk who was involved in the incident declined to comment.

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It appears no one was with the man when he arrived at the gas station, Rephann said.

Investigators believe they will be able to produce a photograph of the suspect, which was obtained through the station's security system, Rephann said.

Robberies have been an ongoing problem in the area over the last year. Police attribute most of them to people trying to support crack and heroin habits.

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