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W.Va. police investigating home invasion, robbery

November 15, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

INWOOD, W.Va. - Police are investigating a home invasion that happened early Sunday in which two women were held in their bathroom while men searched their home and took guns, according to police.

Officers also are investigating a separate robbery Sunday morning in which a man was robbed as he left a strip club, with the robber taking a large amount of cash, the man's minivan and a laptop computer.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Capt. K.C. Bohrer said the home invasion happened in the Sylvan Grove community in Inwood, W.Va., at around 5:30 a.m.

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Three men allegedly entered the home in which a woman and her 18-year-old granddaughter were inside. The older woman's husband was away on a hunting trip, police said.

The men said they were looking for guns and money, according to police. One of the men held the two women inside a bathroom while the other two men searched the home, Bohrer said.

After staying in the home for around half an hour, the men left with several guns and personal identification numbers for a bank account, Bohrer said.

Although the men took several guns from the house, all but a handgun were left on the home's front yard, and the men left on foot, police said.

The three men were described as white, ranging in age from 19 to 22 years old. One of the men had long brown hair and a mustache and wore blue jeans and a black sweatshirt.

The second wore a military-style jacket, a white T-shirt and blue jeans while the third wore a black sweatshirt with yellow stripes and blue jeans.

They concealed their faces, police said.

The robbery at the strip club happened when an employee walked out of the back door of Club Venus, off W.Va. 9 east of Martinsburg, at around 6:10 a.m. Sunday.

As he was locking the club's door, the victim was approached by a man who used the butt of a handgun to hit the victim's head, according to police. Stitches were required to close the wound, police said.

A large amount of cash the victim was carrying was taken, along with his laptop computer and his older model white Dodge Caravan, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. Eric Burnett.

Members of the State Police's crime scene team responded and collected several pieces of evidence, he said.

That robber is described as a white man who was wearing a ski mask, police said.

Anyone with information about the home invasion may call the sheriff's department at 304-267-7000.

Anyone with information about the robbery at Club Venus may call the State Police at 304-267-0000.

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