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Police continue search for robber of Shell station

April 22, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The man who robbed a Shell gas station at gunpoint Sunday night had shopped at the store a few times in the past according to the clerk who was robbed, police said.

Police still are trying to find the robber, and on Monday released a picture of him taken off surveillance video footage.

Lt. K.C. Bohrer of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said the robber stood outside the store for a few seconds before he walked inside around 8:30 p.m. The man then immediately approached the clerk, demanding money from a cash register. The gas station is on U.S. 11, south of Martinsburg.

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Bohrer, who declined to publicly say how much money was taken, said the incident lasted less than a minute.

At the time of the robbery, a customer was near the store's gas pumps and another had just left the store, Bohrer said.

The robber had a large revolver. After taking the cash, he walked around the store and out of sight, Bohrer said.

State Police Trooper T.C. Kearns brought his K-9 to the scene. The dog tracked a scent and picked it up again at a nearby mobile home park, Bohrer said.

The robber is described as a white man who is about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium build. He had somewhat long brown hair, which was gray at the sides, Bohrer said.

He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, but made no attempt to conceal his face.

"He was all business," Bohrer said.

Anyone with information may call the sheriff's department at 304-267-7000 or the anonymous Crime Solvers line at 304-267-4999.

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