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Police say robberies may be connected

August 15, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police believe the man who robbed a ROCS gas station on West King Street in Martinsburg early Thursday also robbed a hotel a day earlier.

The robbery at the convenience store happened at around 3 a.m. when a white man, estimated to be in his early 40s, walked into the store and bought a lighter.

After paying for the lighter, the man asked the clerk for a quarter in exchange for two dimes and a nickel. When the clerk opened the cash register, the man reached over the counter and grabbed cash from the drawer and ran outside.

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Investigators believe the man may have run to a waiting car at the back of the store. He has been seen in a large white van, said Cpl. Willie Johnson of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The store clerk was not hurt.

Police believe the same man robbed the Econo Lodge in Spring Mills, W.Va., at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

In that robbery, a man walked in, asked about a room and then asked for change. After the clerk opened the drawer, the man jumped over the counter, pushed the clerk aside and grabbed cash, police said.

That clerk also was not injured, according to police.

The suspect is described as being about 5 feet 6 inches tall. He wore a sleeveless shirt, shorts and sneakers. He had a light mustache, wire-framed glasses and close-cropped hair, according to police.

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

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