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W.Va. man is charged in store robberies

November 26, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley Springs, W.Va., man was charged with two counts of unarmed robbery in connection with robberies at a Sheetz convenience store in Inwood and a ROCS gas station in Martinsburg early Tuesday.

William Joseph "Joe" Caldwell, 30, of 771 S. Washington St., was in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday on $50,000 bail.

Deputy Brad Dusek and Cpl. Brendan Hall, both with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, investigated. West Virginia State Police Trooper Nathan Harmon assisted.

The Sheetz store was robbed at about 3:16 a.m. when a man walked in, asked for a pack of Camel Lights cigarettes and then demanded money. The cashier, who refused at first, handed over cash after the robber said he was not kidding, according to court records.

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Harmon told the deputies he investigated a similar robbery a few hours earlier at the ROCS store on West King Street. He said that a man walked in, asked for a pack of Camel Lights and grabbed cash from a register after the clerk opened the drawer.

Police were told that the robber left in a brown Ford pickup truck.

After each robbery the man took the cigarettes, records state.

At around 8 a.m. Harmon stopped a brown Ford truck at the entrance to the Berkeley Gardens apartment complex. Caldwell, the driver of the truck, matched the robber's description and police found several packs of Camel Lights cigarettes inside the truck, records state.

Caldwell said he used the money to buy crack cocaine, court records said.

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