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Hagerstown business robbed at gunpoint

February 24, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

erinc@herald-mail.com

A man robbed a Hagerstown dry cleaning business at gunpoint Thursday night, getting away with more than $500, police said.

Patricia McMahon was working alone at Kenley Express Cleaners at 761 E. Wilson Blvd., putting clothes into a washing machine, when she heard that someone had come into the business, she said. McMahon said she did not see anyone near the counter.

When McMahon went to the front of the business, she said she saw a man wearing sunglasses standing near the cash register.

"He said if I gave him the money, he wouldn't hurt me," McMahon said. "He said all he wanted was the money."

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The robber showed McMahon a silver handgun, she said.

She gave him all of the money in the cash register, police said. She estimated the amount to be $500 to $600.

Police said the man was last seen heading east on foot from the shopping center toward Frederick Street. McMahon was not injured.

The robber was described as white, 5 feet 7 inches, 140 pounds and between 27 and 33 years old, police said. He was wearing a dark ball cap, sunglasses, a blue windbreaker and blue jeans.

Anyone with details about the incident may call police at 301-790-3700.

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