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Two faces charges in W.Va. robbery

April 07, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men have been charged in connection with a robbery in which $54 was taken from a 7-Eleven store in Marlowe, W.Va., early Monday.

Stoney Gene Riley, 26, of 270 Helmet Drive, Martinsburg, was charged in Berkeley County Magistrate Court with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, obstructing police and forgery. The latter two charges were filed after Riley allegedly gave police a fake name, according to court records.

Andre Juste, 22, of 315 Pennsylvania Ave., Martinsburg, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, court records state.

Deputy T.A. Sherman, Cpl. Will Henderson and Cpl. Terry Shetley with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department investigated the case.

The robbery was reported at 2:10 a.m. and an officer arrived two minutes later. Riley and Juste were arraigned on the charges Monday night, according to court records.

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A store clerk told police that a man had come to the counter with two dimes and a nickel and asked for a quarter. A second man stood by a magazine rack, records state.

After the clerk said she could not open the drawer unless a purchase was made, the first man put a 30-cent pack of gum on the counter. When the clerk opened her drawer, the man yelled for her to "Get back," jumped over the counter and grabbed cash, records state.

Both men then fled from the store, records state. The clerk described the men to police and said they left in a gold or orange Oldsmobile.

Later, as Sherman was driving along U.S. 11 toward the hotel, he spotted a gold Oldsmobile in the parking lot of a different 7-Eleven store. A men wearing a stocking cap like that worn by the robber walked into the 7-Eleven store at the intersection with Berkeley Station Road, then walked out without the cap, records state.

Sherman followed the car and pulled it over after the driver turned onto Cashmere Drive, records state.

While speaking to the men, Sherman spotted several $5 bills on the car's floor. He alleged that Riley tried to hide the bills with his legs.

The clerk identified both men as the robbers, records state. She said Riley was the man who had jumped over the counter, police said.

Riley was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on $75,000 bail, while Juste was being held on $30,000 bail.

Conviction on a charge of robbery carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison. Conviction on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery carries a sentence of one to five years in prison.

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