Man charged with taking cash register from store

September 15, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A man was charged with stealing a cash register from a locally owned hardware store Saturday, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Ronald Dale Barrett, 38, of 29 Barrett Lane, Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with one count of unarmed robbery.

Patrolman R.E. Butcher, with the Martinsburg Police Department, handled the case.

Records state that at 3:23 p.m. on Saturday Butcher was dispatched to Boltz Hardware on Winchester Avenue for a robbery that had just occurred.

A store employee said a man in the store picked up an ax handle from the store's inventory as if he planned to buy it. The employee said she took some money from the cash register to the upstairs portion of the store so it could be deposited, records state.


When the employee returned to ring up the man's purchase, the ax handle was on the counter and the register, which had around $100 in it, was gone, police said.

Butcher asked a woman near the store if she had seen anyone matching the man's description and was told that the man was running down West Stephen Street, records state.

On West Stephen Street a man flagged down Butcher and said he had just seen a man running with a cash register in his arms. The man showed Butcher a house the man had entered, records state.

After receiving permission from the homeowner, who had just arrived, Butcher and two other officers entered the house, police said.

Two of the officers walked upstairs after hearing loud noises coming from that area. A man inside one of the bedrooms pushed a chest of drawers in front of a door, apparently trying to prevent police from entering, records state.

Butcher pushed open the door and found a man about to climb a set of stairs to get into the attic, records state.

The cash register was found in the attic, broken and with some change inside, police said.

Barrett was being held Tuesday night in Eastern Regional Jail on $20,000 bail.

Conviction on a charge of unarmed robbery carries a sentence of five to 18 years in prison.

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