Police searching for man who robbed W.Va. bar

June 22, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A man who robbed a bar early Saturday took money from a plastic container on the bar's counter and forced a clerk to go into a bathroom, police said.

The Five Spot 3, a bar on W.Va. 45 between Martinsburg and Shepherdstown, W.Va., was robbed at around 7:45 a.m. Saturday, said Cpl. B. F. Hall, an investigator with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The robber, who wore a mask, forced a female clerk behind a counter and told her to open the cash register. After the clerk told the robber there was no money in the register, the man took money from a plastic container on the counter, police said.

He then forced the woman into a bathroom and closed the bathroom's door, police said.

The clerk called police a few minutes later, Hall said.

When deputies arrived at the bar, they watched a video tape of the robbery, which showed the man running away from the bar on foot, heading toward Martinsburg. Police believe he had a car waiting nearby, Hall said.


The robber is described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s. He was about 6 feet tall and stocky. He wore a blue hooded sweatshirt, with the hood pulled tightly around his face, and a blue mask that covered half of his face, police said.

The bar's owner has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction, Hall said.

Anyone with information may call Hall at 304-267-7000 or the anonymous Crime Solvers line at 304-267-4999.

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