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Pa. police departments investigating armed robberies

December 27, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Police in Chambersburg and Waynesboro, Pa., were investigating holiday weekend armed robberies at a jewelry store and a hotel.

Ludwig's Jewelers at 121 S. Main St. in Chambersburg was robbed Saturday night by two masked gunmen, the Chambersburg Police Department said. The two men entered the store shortly before 5 p.m., pulled handguns on the employees and ordered them to hand over merchandise and cash, police said.

Both men were black and in their late teens or early 20s, police said.

One of them was 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin build and dark hooded winter jacket with fur trim on the hood and a tan bandana over his nose and mouth, police said.

The other was approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and light brown eyes, police said. He was wearing a black or dark "Carhart-type" jacket and wore a red bandana across his face, police said.

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Anyone who saw the men entering or leaving the store, getting into a vehicle or who has other information on the crime may call the Chambersburg Police Department at 717-264-5161.

The Waynesboro Police Department was investigating a holdup Sunday at 8:52 p.m. at the Best Western at 239 W. Main St., Sgt. Michael Bock said.

Bock said the knife-wielding man entered the office, going quickly behind the front desk and forcing or scaring the female clerk into a bathroom. The man then went through the cash box and other drawers, and left within a matter of seconds with an unknown amount of money, Bock said.

The man was black, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 180 pounds, Bock said. The man obscured his face with a black knit cap or ski mask, he said.

The man was wearing a black jacket with white 4-inch-wide stripes running from the collar down the sleeves and another white stripe across the chest, Bock said.

Bock said the man apparently ran north after leaving the hotel. A K-9 unit was called in and tracked the man's scent for about a block before losing contact.

"It's possible he might have gotten into a car there," Bock said.

Anyone who witnessed the crime or who has other information about the robbery may call the Waynesboro Police Department at 717-762-2131.

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