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Police say smoke shop robbery was an inside job

November 04, 2006

Four men have been accused of allegedly coordinating an inside job to steal cigarettes and cash on Wednesday afternoon from Smoker Friendly, according to a press release from the Hagerstown Police Department.

The store's employee who allegedly was held up, Austin Lee Barkdoll, 18, of 9721 Lock Tender Lane in Hagerstown, was charged with conspiracy to commit felony theft and false report of a crime, according to the release.

The man who police allege used a BB gun in the holdup, David Michael Seiler, 18, of 10935 Roessner Ave. in Hagerstown, was charged with felony theft, according to the release.

Matthew David Buckwalter, 19, of 17723 Timber Lane in Hagerstown, and Gregory Justin Holland, 18, of 17711 Meadow Wood Drive in Hagerstown, each were charged with conspiracy to commit felony theft, according to the release.

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Barkdoll called his friends to set up a fake armed robbery at the Dual Highway tobacco shop, according to the release. Seiler and Holland drove to the area, and Seiler entered the store wearing a blue hooded sweat shirt and carrying a black BB gun and a canvas bag, according to the release.

After leaving with four cartons of Newport cigarettes and cash, the four men met at Buckwalter's house, where they split up the money and cigarettes, according to the release.

After police learned the identity of the person holding the BB gun, Seiler was arrested later Wednesday, according to the release.

After executing several search-and-seizure warrants, investigators recovered the BB gun and a portion of the cash and cigarettes, according to the release. The other three men were arrested Thursday night, according to the release.

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