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W.Va. man charged with armed robbery

February 04, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

BUNKER HILL, W.VA. - Police charged a Bunker Hill man with armed robbery on Thursday, alleging that in April 2004 he wore a mask like those in the "Scream" movies and stole more than $1,000 from a store, according to court records.

John Christopher Galloway, 22, of 1075 Hyslip Ford Road, was charged by officers with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The robbery happened at State Line Market on U.S. 11 at around 5 p.m. on April 25. The robber, who walked into the store wearing the mask, had a pistol and forced everyone inside to lay on the floor, police said.

The robber then forced a female cashier to open her register and hand over all of the cash that was inside, which totaled $1,049, police said.

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Two witnesses saw the robber leaving in an older gray or light blue Toyota car, according to Cpl. B.F. Hall.

On Sept. 9, 2004, a woman called police and said that Galloway bragged about committing the robbery at the market. That woman said Galloway told her he wore a "Scream" mask and also told her and her husband the exact amount of money that had been taken, police said.

Galloway agreed to speak to police on Sept. 24, but never showed up for the interview, police said.

On Dec. 8, another woman came forward and said Galloway came to her house on the night of the robbery with several hundred dollars, bragging about the robbery, police said in court records.

When officers checked records with the Division of Motor Vehicles they learned that Galloway had a light blue 1983 Toyota Tercel, police said.

The description of the robber as being small-framed also fit Galloway's physical characteristics, police said. Court records indicated that Galloway is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.

Galloway was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on $100,000 bail.

Conviction on a charge of armed robbery carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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