Man who robbed store is missing a finger, police say

December 24, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

INWOOD, W.VA. - Police say the man who robbed a 7-Eleven store Wednesday night has an unusual identifying characteristic - he's missing a finger, possibly the index finger, on his left hand.

West Virginia State Police Trooper W.M. Lemon, who was investigating, said witnesses told him the robber was missing a finger.

No arrest has been made.

The robbery happened at around 7:48 p.m. at the 7-Eleven store at the intersection of U.S. 11 and W.Va. 51 in Inwood.

Police said the robber approached the store's counter and grabbed an object under his shirt, acting as if it were a gun. No gun was shown, police said.


The robber told the clerk that he "needed the money or they would kill him," Lemon wrote in a press release.

Police did not say how much money was taken.

After the robbery, the man ran south in front of the store. A K-9 tracked the robber's scent behind a nearby Dairy Queen, F&M Bank and Citibank along W.Va. 51. The dog lost the scent in a field west of Sader Drive, police said.

The robber is described as being white, thin and about 6 feet tall with dark hair and long sideburns. He wore a long-sleeved blue shirt, a dark ball cap and baggy pants, police said.

Fingerprints obtained at the store have been submitted to the State Police Crime Laboratory for analysis and will be entered into AFIS, a national fingerprint database, Lemon said.

Anyone with information can call Lemon at 304-267-0000 or 304-267-0001.

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