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Two charged in separate armed robberies in W.Va.

October 14, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven store at knifepoint around 2:51 a.m. Monday was caught shortly afterward, when police stopped a car that had no taillights, according to investigators.

A clerk who was working at the store at the time of the robbery went to the traffic stop site and identified one of the men in the car as the robber, according to officers with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Douglas Scott Fisher, 33, whose address was not provided, was charged with armed robbery.

The robbery happened at the 7-Eleven store on Nadenbousch Lane, south of Martinsburg.

Cpl. Will Henderson went to the store while, seconds after the robbery, Deputy Terry Shetley pulled over a car without taillights.

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Because all three men inside the car matched the description of the robber, police detained them.

After initially being interviewed by Sgt. Russell Shackelford, the three men denied any involvement in the robbery. After the clerk identified Fisher as the robber, though, he confessed, according to police.

In another case, a man who allegedly robbed the Eagle Mart in Hedgesville, W.Va., around 7 p.m. Sunday also was charged.

Immediately after the robbery, a customer in the store grabbed the robber, identified as Justin A. Kesecker, 20, of Providence Church Road in Hedgesville. Customers held Kesecker down until deputies arrived.

Kesecker was charged with one felony count of armed robbery.

Kesecker, who was given $290 from the clerks, later admitted to the robbery and said he had done it because he needed spending money, according to police.

Conviction of a charge of armed robbery carries a sentence of a minimum of 10 years in prison.

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