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Man robs Hampton Inn

February 27, 2005|BY ANDREW SCHOTZ

The Hampton Inn on Dual Highway in Hagerstown was robbed Saturday morning, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Police said in a news release that a man went in the hotel about 1:20 a.m.; showed the clerk a small, black, semiautomatic handgun; and demanded cash.

After the clerk gave the man an undetermined amount of cash, the man left, police said.

Hagerstown Police, the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Maryland State Police and a Hancock Police K-9 unit searched the area, but didn't find anyone, police said.

The robber was described as a white man, about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, and in his 20s or 30s. He had an average build and was wearing dark jeans and a blue hooded sweatshirt.

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The robbery comes on the heels of several in the Tri-State area in recent weeks.

Representatives from at least nine police agencies in four states and the U.S. Marshals Service met at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department on Thursday to discuss their robbery investigations and share evidence.

Among the armed robberies that are being considered:

- Towne and Country Liquors on Water Street in Thurmont, Md., on Feb. 17

- Cozy Country Inn on Frederick Road in Thurmont on Feb. 20

- Super 8 Motel on Tippin Drive in Thurmont on Feb. 24

- Fidelity Bank at Halfway Boulevard and Virginia Avenue in Halfway on Jan. 31

- Econo Lodge on Md. 355 in Frederick County, Md., on Feb. 24

- Extended StayAmerica on Westview Drive in Frederick County on Feb. 24

- Waffle House on W.Va. 51 in Berkeley County, W.Va., on Feb. 21

- H-Mart at W.Va. 9 and New York Avenue in Berkeley County on Feb. 19

- Shell on U.S. 340 North outside Charles Town, W.Va., on Feb. 21

Lt. K.C. Bohrer of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said the pattern in several robberies was similar.

- Andrew Schotz

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