Man accused of robbing W.Va. Shell station charged

April 24, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The man accused of robbing a Shell gas station Sunday night escaped from prison more than a decade ago after he was convicted of robbing another small store in 1989, according to police.

With help from people who recognized his picture in the media, police arrested a man Wednesday.

Charles Stanley Weaver, 40, was charged with one count of armed robbery after police in Jefferson County spotted him around 7:30 a.m. on Summit Point Road. Officials had issued a be-on-the-lookout warning for Weaver.

Weaver, who has no fixed address, spent the night with a woman at the Pikeside Motel the night of the robbery, police said. The motel is about a quarter-mile from the gas station, on U.S. 11 south of Martinsburg.


The robber walked into the Shell station around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, showed the clerk a large black revolver and demanded cash. He fled on foot after taking $229, according to police.

Investigators have not found the gun or any of the cash, said Lt. K.C. Bohrer with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

After a picture of the robber, taken from surveillance video footage, was placed in area media outlets, 10 people called with tips, Bohrer said. Nine of the callers named Weaver as the robber.

Weaver's girlfriend, when shown a picture of the robber, also identified him as the gunman, records show.

After Weaver was detained in Jefferson County, he agreed to speak to investigators. Weaver denied any involvement in the robbery, but police say he matches the photograph of the robber.

In 1989, Weaver was charged with robbing the Shanghai Grocery in Berkeley County, and was sentenced to serve nine years in prison. At some point during his sentence he escaped from prison, but was caught and charged with an escape-related felony, Bohrer said. Still researching that previous incident, Bohrer said he did not know all of the details.

Weaver was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Wednesday on $200,000 bail.

A conviction of armed robbery carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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