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Deputy's timing is perfect in nabbing suspect in robbery

March 17, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Sometimes a police officer simply finds himself at the right place, at the right time.

That was the case Tuesday night for Jerry Bradshaw, a deputy with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Bradshaw was at the intersection of Foxcroft Avenue and Apple Harvest Drive in Martinsburg at about 10:55 p.m. Tuesday when he noticed a man running from the side door of a McDonald's restaurant, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Several McDonald's employees ran out after the man.

Bradshaw stopped his car in the first man's path, drew his gun and ordered the man to stop, records state.

The man stopped, threw $60 on the ground and put his hands in the air, records allege.

Steven Lester Culley, 44, of Greenspring Road, Havre de Grace, Md., then was charged with second-degree robbery. He also was charged with being a fugitive from Frederick, Md., where he was wanted on one count of theft scheme and four counts of theft of more than $500, according to court records.

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Bradshaw wrote in the criminal complaint that after he handcuffed the man, an employee walked up to him to tell him what had happened in the restaurant.

The employee said that a customer asked him the price of a cheeseburger. After the man took a dollar bill from his pocket, the cashier rang up the sale and opened his cash register drawer, Bradshaw said.

The man lunged at the cashier, who was scared and tried to close his register, Bradshaw said. The man, however, was able to grab six $10 bills from the register, Bradshaw said.

Culley was being held Wednesday in Eastern Regional Jail on $50,000 cash-only bail.

Conviction on a charge of second-degree robbery carries a sentence of five to 18 years in prison.

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