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Man charged with robbing 7-Eleven, motel

March 05, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man charged with robbing a 7-Eleven and a Super 8 Motel Wednesday morning did so to buy crack cocaine and then turned himself in to police, according to Washington County District Court records.

Mark Edward Ernst, 36, of 31 Madison Ave., was being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday night after a bond hearing earlier in the day, according to court and detention center officials.

Ernst's preliminary hearings on charges from the two incidents are scheduled for March 30 in District Court, court records state.

At about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Hagerstown Police were called to the 7-Eleven at 802 Salem Ave. after a man stole the cash register, court records state.

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At about 4:53 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies were called to the Super 8 Motel at 16805 Blake Road, west of Hagerstown, after a man ordered two employees to stay in a laundry room and stole approximately $248, court records state.

At around 6:30 a.m., the sheriff's department got a call from DOT Foods Inc. on Elliott Parkway concerning a man in the lobby who was running from police, court records state.

When police arrived, they found a man who fit the robber's description and the man told police he had robbed the 7-Eleven and a motel, court records allege.

The man, who was high on crack, wanted help for his cocaine addiction, court records allege

In the 7-Eleven incident, Ernst was charged with robbery, attempted robbery, theft of more than $500, theft of less than $500, second-degree assault, attempted theft and malicious destruction of property, court records state.

In the Super 8 incident, Ernst was charged with theft worth less than $500 and two counts each of robbery and false imprisonment, court records state.

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