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Police say series of crimes not related

December 14, 2006|From staff reports

Three crimes - a home invasion, an attempted armed robbery and an armed robbery - all reported Wednesday night in the city, are not related, Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Paul Kifer said.

Kifer said that by this morning police had not made any arrests in the 6:11 p.m. reported home invasion in the 400 block of Mitchell Avenue, the 7:33 p.m. reported attempted robbery of Dollar General or the 7:52 p.m. reported robbery of Bob Evans Restaurant.

At 6:11 p.m., two white males holding guns demanded medication from a resident in the 400 block of Mitchell Avenue, police said. The resident was not hurt and the burglars ran from the house after their demands turned up nothing, police said.

At 7:33 p.m., a black man demanded money from a clerk at Dollar General Store, at 761 E. Wilson Blvd. Police said the man shopped and then brought several items to a checkout clerk, at which point he indicated to the clerk that he had a weapon in his pocket. When the clerk refused to give the man money, he ran, police said.

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At 7:52 p.m., a black man took an item to a checkout clerk at Bob Evans Restaurant, at 190 Railway Lane, and threatened that he had a gun. The cashier gave the robber all the money in the register, and the man fled from the restaurant in a vehicle. The robber never showed a gun, police said.

The attempted robber at the Dollar General Store was a black man with a medium build, between 5 feet 9 inches tall and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He has a medium build and was wearing a black knit hat, black hooded sweat shirt and white sneakers, police said.

The robber at Bob Evans was a dark complected black man with a heavy build, between 5 feet 10 inches tall. He is bald, and was wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt, police said.

In the home invasion, both males were white, one armed with a handgun and one armed with a sawed-off long arm gun. While one man demanded the medication, the second man looked for it. Both men wore dark clothing and masks, and were last seen running south on Mitchell Avenue and then left on Mechanic Street, police said.

A Washington County Sheriff's Department K-9 could not find them, police said.

Kifer asks anyone with information on any of the crimes to call police at 301-790-3700.

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