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Hearing waived for man charged with 20 robberies in 4 states

October 04, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man charged with more than 20 robberies in four states waived his preliminary hearing on two of them Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court.

Daniel Scott Uppercue, 32, whose address in the Pennsylvania criminal complaints was listed as Lumar Avenue in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., is charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of theft, four counts of simple assault and one count each of harassment and receiving stolen property for a pair of holdups in Washington Township and Waynesboro, Pa., in February 2005, according to court records.

Uppercue was scheduled for mandatory arraignment in Franklin County Court on Nov. 8, according to the District Attorney's Office. He was being held in Adams County Prison, court records stated.

Uppercue has been charged with 21 robberies in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, Assistant Public Defender Ian Brink said. Uppercue has a conviction in Virginia, Brink said, but he did not know how many of the cases in that state were resolved.

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At about 6:45 a.m. on Feb. 11, 2005, a man entered the 7-Eleven store at 11374 Buchanan Trail East, Rouzerville, Pa., and asked the cashier for change for a dollar, according to Washington Township police. When the woman opened the cash register, the man pulled a knife, jabbed her in the arm and stole the cash, police said.

On the night of Feb. 21, 2005, a man entered the Best Western, 239 W. Main St., Waynesboro and asked for change, Waynesboro police said. When the cashier opened the register, the man pulled what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money, police said.

Following the 7-Eleven robbery, township police found a knife about 100 yards from the store, according to the affidavit. After Uppercue was taken into custody, police searched his home and found a set of knives that matched the one found Feb. 11, the affidavit states. The set was missing two knives, police said.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that a similar method of operation was used in holdups in Gettysburg, Hanover and Doylesburg in Pennsylvania and Thurmont, Md., as well as robberies during the same time frame in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia.

On Feb. 26, the Hampton Inn in Hagerstown was held up and Frederick County Sheriff's Department deputies spotted a vehicle suspected of being used in the robbery. The ensuing chase ended in Fairfax County, Va., the affidavit stated.

Published reports stated Uppercue was charged by Hagerstown City Police with armed robbery and related offenses. Frederick County, Md., authorities charged him with the Feb. 12, 2005, robbery of Four Corners Exxon in Mount Airy, Md., and the Feb. 24 holdup of Extended Stay America in Frederick, according to published reports.

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