W.Va. man charged in second robbery

February 05, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The man charged Thursday with wearing a "Scream" mask while robbing a store at gunpoint was charged Friday in connection with another robbery in which the robber wielded a shotgun, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

John Christopher "Chris" Galloway, 22, of 1075 Hyslip Ford Road in Bunker Hill, W.Va., now faces two felony counts of armed robbery.

Both robberies happened at a store named in court records as both Cunningham's Market and State Line Market, at 12715 Winchester Avenue in Bunker Hill. The most recent robbery took place about 9 p.m. on Dec. 7, according to Cpl. B.F. Hall of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.


Police said the robber was wearing a black mask and a long brown trench coat. He brandished a shotgun at a clerk and forced her to open her cash register, after which the robber grabbed $1,480 and fled on foot, police said.

The clerk told police that she believed Galloway was the man who had robbed her, police said.

The next day, Galloway went to his father's house in Virginia and gave him a shotgun and two shotgun shells, his father told police, according to court records.

Galloway was arrested on Jan. 5 in Albuquerque, N.M., and was brought back to West Virginia on Thursday, police said.

On Thursday, Galloway was charged with the first count of armed robbery in connection with a robbery that happened at the market around 5 p.m. on April 25, 2004, police said.

That robber wore a mask like those in the "Scream" movies and had a pistol. The robber forced a female cashier to open her register and hand over all of the cash that was inside, which totaled $1,049, police said.

Two different women later told police that Galloway bragged to them about committing the April robbery, court records state.

Police also said that Galloway owned a light blue 1983 Toyota Tercel, which matched the description of a car seen leaving the store after the robbery, police said.

Galloway is being held on a combined $200,000 cash-only bail.

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

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