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Police probing whether robberies are related

August 13, 2005|By CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A gas station in Martinsburg was robbed Friday morning, with police trying to determine whether it is connected to similar robberies in Frederick, Md., and Middleway, W.Va., police said.

The latest robbery, at a Citgo gas station at 1306 Edwin Miller Blvd. in Martinsburg, happened Friday around 5:30 a.m.

After walking into the store, the robber immediately went behind the store's counter to the cash registers and twice demanded money, Detective Sgt. George Swartwood of the Martinsburg Police Department said.

The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and drove away in a small maroon sport utility vehicle, with a body style possibly similar to a Subaru, Swartwood said.

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No weapon was shown, he said.

The robber is described as a stocky black man, 20 to 30 years old, who is between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall and weighed around 200 pounds, police said.

He wore a knit mask, long dark shorts, a black T-shirt with an undetermined logo on the front, black shoes and white ankle socks, Swartwood said.

The robbery is similar to one that happened Thursday at Country Roads General Store along W.Va. 51 in Middleway.

In that 7:16 a.m. robbery, a man with a similar description grabbed a clerk and led her to a cash register before taking around $260, police said. The robber also put his hands over the clerk's mouth and pushed her into a corner, police said.

The clerk working at the Martinsburg gas station was not touched by the robber, Swartwood said.

Swartwood said he did not have any details about the robbery in Frederick.

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