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Scrap-metal business is robbed at gunpoint

November 28, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN - A man with a sawed-off shotgun robbed a Hagerstown scrap-metal business owner Monday morning, the second such armed robbery at a South End business in less than a week.

Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Greg Alton said police do not have a suspect in either the Monday robbery of Snyder's Metal Processing or the Nov. 21 robbery of Pope Tire Service, but they are "leaning toward it being the same person."

David Snyder, owner of Snyder's Metal Processing at 1142 Pope Ave., said a man entered his store shortly before noon Monday carrying a sawed-off shotgun "on a sling."

"Give me your knot," the man demanded, according to Snyder, 43. Snyder said the "knot" is the wad of money he had in the breast pocket of his flannel jacket.

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The robber grabbed the money, ran out of the store and down the alley that runs beside the store, Snyder said. The robber was wearing "pantyhose over his face," a vinyl jacket and jeans, Snyder said.

Alton said a man was seen getting into a red passenger car on Third Street shortly after the robbery occurred, but police are not sure whether that man was the robber.

On Nov. 21, Pope Tire Service at 261 Frederick St. was robbed at about 4:15 p.m. by a man wearing pantyhose over his head and carrying a sawed-off shotgun, the Hagerstown Police Department has said.

The Pope Tire Service robber wore a cream-colored jacket, jeans and a dark baseball hat, police have said.

On Monday, Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies armed with rifles walked with a K-9 down the alley beside Snyder's. A Maryland State Police helicopter searched the area.

The store, which faces an alley, has tires, sinks and hubcaps stacked among assorted metal.

"He's had copper stolen, catalytic converters stolen, wheels and everything," said Carla Snyder, David Snyder's sister. The store has not been robbed for a long time, she said.

Snyder's mother, Erma Snyder, 68, said that about 30 years ago, a man with a knife tried to rob her at the store, which has been in her family for about 50 years.

"I was going to smash him. He had a knife. I picked him up by his collar," recalled Erma Snyder, who was at a doctor's appointment when the Monday robbery occurred.

"That's why I'm glad she wasn't there," Carla Snyder said.

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